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.

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Origin of uhlan

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