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[las-ker] /ˈlæs kər/
an East Indian sailor.
Indian English. an artilleryman.
Also, lashkar.
Origin of lascar
1615-25; < Portuguese, short for lasquarin soldier < Urdu lashkarī < Persian, equivalent to lashkar army + suffix of appurtenance Unabridged
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  • Saying this, the boatswain made a rush at the lascar, and quickly passed a rope behind his arms.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • Grief and rage convulsed the fierce face of the wounded lascar.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The little, bent man went over to another bunk, this time leading up the stair one who looked like a lascar.

  • Here is a lascar ashore from the big steamer that is to start for Alexandria on the morrow.

    Sunrise William Black
  • A canoe, in which was the lascar, soon afterwards put off from land and came alongside.

  • There was the boat, the lascar resting motionless on his oar.

    In Clive's Command Herbert Strang
  • Yet how came it that even a low-caste mongrel of a lascar should offer such an overt insult to a Brahmin!

    The Red Year Louis Tracy
  • From the lascar he had learned all that he ever knew of the motives of the Gujarati's action.

    In Clive's Command Herbert Strang
  • I have seen a lascar several times while I have been down there.

  • The knife of one of the Chinamen whom he had supposed to be dead was sticking in the wall beside the lascar's arm.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for lascar


a sailor from the East Indies
Word Origin
C17: from Urdu lashkar soldier, from Persian: the army
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lascar

East Indian sailor, 1620s, from Portuguese lachar, from Hindi lashkari "soldier, native sailor," from lashkar "army, camp," from Persian lashkar. Cf. Arabic al-'askar "the army," perhaps from Persian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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