[lan-serz, lahn-]

noun (used with a singular verb)

a set of quadrilles danced in sequence.
music for such a set of dances.

Nearby words

  1. lancelot,
  2. lancelot, sir,
  3. lanceolate,
  4. lancepod,
  5. lancer,
  6. lancet,
  7. lancet arch,
  8. lancet clock,
  9. lancet fish,
  10. lancet window

Origin of lancers

First recorded in 1860–65; plural of lancer


[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

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British Dictionary definitions for lancers


noun (functioning as singular)

a quadrille for eight or sixteen couples
a piece of music composed for this dance



(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 lancers



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

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