- an East Indian sailor.
- Indian English. an artilleryman.
Origin of lascar
Examples from the Web for lascar
That is only a Lascar, one of the sailors, a picturesque fellow, isn't he?Round the Wonderful World
G. E. Mitton
Grief and rage convulsed the fierce face of the wounded Lascar.The Haunters of the Silences
Charles G. D. Roberts
A Lascar sailor, who was living with the savages, acted as interpreter.The Long White Cloud
William Pember Reeves
He has crept out of the Lascar's attic, and he saw the light.A Little Princess
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Here is a Lascar ashore from the big steamer that is to start for Alexandria on the morrow.Sunrise
- a sailor from the East Indies
Word Origin and History for lascar
East Indian sailor, 1620s, from Portuguese lachar, from Hindi lashkari "soldier, native sailor," from lashkar "army, camp," from Persian lashkar. Cf. Arabic al-'askar "the army," perhaps from Persian.