1. the revolt of the peasants of northern France against the nobles in 1358.
2. (lowercase) any peasant revolt.
< F, MF, equiv. to jaque(s) peasant (after Jacques, a name thought to be typical of peasants) + –rie -ry
‘What do you suppose they’re doing out there?’ Father Michael asked.
‘Sharpening their scythes, their pruning hooks and pitchforks, most likely,’ Doheny said. ‘Preparing for the jacquerie.’
Source: The White Plague by Frank Herbert.