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or u·lan

[oo-lahn, yoo-luh n]
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  1. one of a group of lancers in a light-cavalry unit, first appearing in Europe in the Polish army.
  2. one of such a group as later developed into heavy cavalry in western European armies, especially in Germany.
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Origin of uhlan

1745–55; < German < Polish ulanTurkish oğlan boy, lad
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Historical Examples

  • The uhlan came on at a very quick pace, carrying some dispatches.

    A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales

    Guy De Maupassant

  • "And I think he was a Uhlan," went on Jimmie, pointing to other tracks.

  • It was the exclamation of the Uhlan who had stopped them in the afternoon.

  • He bowed gravely to the Uhlan lieutenant, who saluted stiffly.

  • "I have no confidence in Uhlan officers," said her spouse, darkly.


    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for uhlan



  1. history a member of a body of lancers first employed in the Polish army and later in W European armies
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Word Origin

C18: via German from Polish ulan, from Turkish ōlan young man
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Word Origin and History for uhlan


"cavalryman," 1753, from German Uhlan, from Polish ułan "a lancer," from Turkish oghlan "a youth." For sense evolution, cf. infantry.

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