Definition of landsknecht in English:

landsknecht

noun

historical
  • A member of a class of mercenary soldiers in the German and other continental armies in the 16th and 17th centuries.

    archaic variant is lansquenet
    • ‘If there was an exception to this rule it would be in the case of the landsknechts, German mercenary pikemen and musketeers renowned for their swagger, menace, and exaggeratedly flamboyant dress.’

Origin

From German Landsknecht, literally soldier of the land.

Pronunciation:

landsknecht

/ˈlan(t)sknɛkt/