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[lan-serz, lahn-]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. a set of quadrilles danced in sequence.
  2. music for such a set of dances.
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Origin of lancers

First recorded in 1860–65; plural of lancer


[lan-ser, lahn-]
  1. a cavalry soldier armed with a lance.
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Origin of lancer

From the Middle French word lancier, dating back to 1580–90. See lance1, -er2
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noun (functioning as singular)
  1. a quadrille for eight or sixteen couples
  2. a piece of music composed for this dance
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  1. (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
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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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