lancers

[lan-serz, lahn-]
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Origin of lancers

First recorded in 1860–65; plural of lancer

lancer

[lan-ser, lahn-]
noun
  1. a cavalry soldier armed with a lance.

Origin of lancer

From the Middle French word lancier, dating back to 1580–90. See lance1, -er2
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Related Words for lancers

squadron, horse, army, lancers, bowlegs, dragoons

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British Dictionary definitions for lancers

lancers

noun (functioning as singular)
  1. a quadrille for eight or sixteen couples
  2. a piece of music composed for this dance

lancer

noun
  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

lancer

n.

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

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