[pan-zer; German pahn-tsuhr]


(especially in the German army) armored: a panzer unit.
of or relating to a panzer division: a panzer attack.


a vehicle, especially a tank, forming part of a German panzer division.

Origin of panzer

1935–40; < German Panzer armor; Middle High German panzier < Old French panciere coat of mail, literally, belly piece. See paunch, -ier2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for panzer

Contemporary Examples of panzer

  • The main effort in the attack was carried out by the infamous Waffen SS 6th Panzer Army.

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    Hitler’s Hail Mary

    James A. Warren

    December 20, 2014

Historical Examples of panzer

  • Panzer, a cuirass, is etymologically a pauncher, or defence for the paunch.

  • The first edition, according to Panzer and Brunet, of this work, was that of Paris.

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    Frederic Seebohm

  • On this subject reference should be made to Panzer, Studien zur germ.

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    H. Munro Chadwick

  • With this, compare Panzer's interpretation of Grendel as the "earthman."


    R. W. Chambers

  • This is obviously a method which is liable to abuse, though I do not say that Panzer has abused it.


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British Dictionary definitions for panzer



(modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of the fast mechanized armoured units employed by the German army in World War IIa panzer attack
a vehicle belonging to a panzer unit, esp a tank
(plural) armoured troops

Word Origin for panzer

C20: from German, from Middle High German, from Old French panciere coat of mail, from Latin pantex paunch
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Word Origin and History for panzer

1940, from of German Panzerdivision "armored unit," from Panzer "tank," literally "armor," from Middle High German panzier, from Old French panciere "armor for the belly," from pance "belly, stomach," from Latin pantex (genitive panticis) "belly" (see paunch).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper