[lan-ser, lahn-]


a cavalry soldier armed with a lance.

Origin of lancer

From the Middle French word lancier, dating back to 1580–90. See lance1, -er2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lancer

Historical Examples of lancer

  • For reasons of his own the lancer colonel does not intrude his company on the captives.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • Stevenson was yet speaking when a Lancer was seen approaching at a wild gallop.

    Blue Lights

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Well, you must dress this lancer every morning in the same way.

  • I have made this hussar grasp a lancer by the throat, and thrust a sword into his side.

    Ralph Wilton's weird

    Mrs. Alexander

  • In comes an old 17th Lancer sergeant, and I tell him what has been done to my cartoon.

    An Autobiography

    Elizabeth Butler

British Dictionary definitions for lancer



(formerly) a cavalryman armed with a lance
  1. a member of a regiment retaining such a title
  2. (plural; capital when part of a name)the 21st Lancers
See also lancers
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Word Origin and History for lancer

1580s, "soldier armed with a lance," from French lancier, from Old French lance (see lance (n.)).

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