One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical A soldier of a cavalry regiment armed with lances.
mounted troops, cavalrymen, horse soldiers, troopers, horseView synonyms
- ‘To a troop of war-hardened lancers from the 19th century, they would have looked like giant steel-toothed beetles crawling across the parade ground.’
- ‘If at that moment, the swordsman lunges, forcing the lance to the outside, he is safe and the lancer is at his mercy.’
- ‘Curiously, perhaps anticipating a conflict with Eastern European cavalry forces, his manual also contains advice in facing a charge against lancers.’
- ‘But when free of the classroom, he transforms himself into the role of the leader of an elite corps of Polish lancers in Napoleon's army.’
- ‘In fact, the lancers were a minority of those who charged: only one regiment of lancers, but two each of hussars and light dragoons.’
- ‘Twenty-four regiments formed part of the Restoration army, but subsequent restructuring reduced this number as some were converted to lancers.’
- 1.1 A soldier of a regiment originally armed with lances.‘the Queen's Royal Lancers’
- ‘He was put in the 17 / 21st Lancers and was in the Reserves in 1939 when he was invited to train for service in the Military Police.’
- ‘As James Morris, Morris served in the army with the 9th Lancers, then travelled widely while working as a foreign correspondent.’
- ‘In July 1955, after completing his National Service with the 12 th Lancers, Mollatt, a former England Youth triallist, joined the Minstermen.’
- ‘He spent the war years as a Regimental Officer, 9th Lancers, then, when invalided out in 1944, as instructor at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.’
- ‘The men, from the Queen's Royal Lancers, were named as Corporal Adams and Trooper Clarke.’
- ‘Colin Baker had learned to ride horses while commanding the Hunter River lancers from 1983-86 as a member of the Army reserve.’
- ‘From column commander in South Africa he graduated to command the 5th Lancers, 4th Cavalry Brigade, and then became inspector general of Cavalry in 1910.’
- ‘The Queen's Royal Lancers has been based at Imphal Barracks, Osnabrück in Germany since its formation in 1993, as part of 4th Armoured Brigade.’
- ‘The U.S. Army has currently stationed my son abroad, with the Queens Royal Lancers, so this project will have to wait until he returns.’
- ‘He served in World War I in the Royal Flying Corps and the 16th Lancers.’
- ‘After ten years of further purchase, he gained command of the 17th Lancers.’
- ‘The smart regiments in the Indian army were the guys with the Lancers and the Gurkhas.’
2lancerstreated as singular A quadrille for eight or sixteen pairs.
- ‘She whirls by in the Valse, or glides in front of them in the Lancers.’
- ‘The Lancers Quadrille was full of grace, with its salutes and its bows, its slow and solemn movement.’
- ‘I just went to Thomson's around the time of the First War where they learned you quadrilles and lancers.’
Late 16th century: from French lancier, from lance ‘a lance’.
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