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lascar

[ las-ker ]
/ ˈlæs kər /
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noun

an East Indian sailor.
Indian English. an artilleryman.

RELATED WORDS

cadet, marine, pilot, boater, diver, swab, tarpaulin, mate, jack, seafarer, navigator, mariner, salt, pirate, bluejacket, shipmate, tar, windjammer, middy, seaman

Nearby words

las vegas night, lasa, lasagna, lasagne, lasalle, lascar, lascaux, lascaux cave, lascivious, lasdun, lase
Also lashkar.

Origin of lascar

1615–25; < Portuguese, short for lasquarin soldier < Urdu lashkarī < Persian, equivalent to lashkar army + suffix of appurtenance
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British Dictionary definitions for lascar

lascar

/ (ˈlæskə) /

noun

a sailor from the East Indies

Word Origin for lascar

C17: from Urdu lashkar soldier, from Persian: the army
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Word Origin and History for lascar

lascar


n.

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.

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