The German Landsknechts, sometimes also rendered as Landsknechte (singular Landsknecht, pronounced
The Germanic compound Landsknecht (earlier Lantknecht, without
As early as 1500, the term was re-etymologized as Lanzknecht, suggesting a derivation from Lanze "
The more common English-language plural form is Landsknechts, but the original German form Landsknechte is also in use. Since it is a common noun, it may also be written with lower-case "l", landsknechts (though in German it is always capitalized).