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or ulan

[oo-lahn, yoo-luh n] /ˈu lɑn, ˈyu lən/
one of a group of lancers in a light-cavalry unit, first appearing in Europe in the Polish army.
one of such a group as later developed into heavy cavalry in western European armies, especially in Germany.
Origin of uhlan
1745-55; < German < Polish ulanTurkish oğlan boy, lad Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for uhlan
Historical Examples
  • The uhlan came on at a very quick pace, carrying some dispatches.

  • "And I think he was a uhlan," went on Jimmie, pointing to other tracks.

    Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal

    G. Harvey Ralphson
  • It was the exclamation of the uhlan who had stopped them in the afternoon.

  • He bowed gravely to the uhlan lieutenant, who saluted stiffly.

  • "I have no confidence in uhlan officers," said her spouse, darkly.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • He felt sure that he could have outridden the uhlan in the end.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • We have settled more than one uhlan dog on that curve there by the oak-tree.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • The uhlan is my comrade and friend; he may be more than that some day.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • In the middle of the reading, the uhlan interrupted Denisov.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • They're just about ready for anything, from a uhlan patrol to an army corps.

    Two Daring Young Patriots W. P. Shervill
British Dictionary definitions for uhlan


/ˈuːlɑːn; ˈjuːlən/
(history) a member of a body of lancers first employed in the Polish army and later in W European armies
Word Origin
C18: via German from Polish ulan, from Turkish ōlan young man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uhlan

"cavalryman," 1753, from German Uhlan, from Polish ułan "a lancer," from Turkish oghlan "a youth." For sense evolution, cf. infantry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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