One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cavalryman armed with a lance as a member of various European armies.
- ‘Both uhlan and czapska derive from Turkish and clearly associate the Polish lancers with origins in Turkey.’
- ‘The lancers wore the czapka of the Polish uhlans, the hussars wore the dolmans of Hungarian horsemen.’
- ‘In Army of Duchy of Warsaw there existed ten uhlans regiments.’
- ‘The train moved back to Radziwillow, where it was next captured by the uhlans of the 2nd squadron on May 24, 1920.’
- ‘Soon uhlans as well as the other mounted troops had to abandon their horses and armed with rifles, get into the trenches.’
Mid 18th century: via French and German from Polish (h)ulan, from Turkish oğlan ‘youth, servant’.
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