or u·lan

[ oo-lahn, yoo-luh n ]
/ ˈu lɑn, ˈyu lən /


one of a group of lancers in a light-cavalry unit, first appearing in Europe in the Polish army.
one of such a group as later developed into heavy cavalry in western European armies, especially in Germany.

Nearby words

  1. uh-huh,
  2. uh-oh,
  3. uh-uh,
  4. uhde,
  5. uhf,
  6. uhland,
  7. uhry,
  8. uht,
  9. uhthoff sign,
  10. uhuru

Origin of uhlan

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

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British Dictionary definitions for uhlan



/ (ˈuːlɑːn, ˈjuːlən) /


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

Word Origin for uhlan

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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