Definition of launce in US English:



  • another term for sand eel
    • ‘A whole launce with the head and tail clipped off is excellent.’
    • ‘The only species of fish that would be ineligible were sea trout, mackerel, launce and herring.’
    • ‘Wouldn't south-west anglers want to put out launce and mackerel baits for tope and rays at distance?’
    • ‘Foods eaten include: whiting, herring, haddock; sand launces; insects; crabs, shrimp, and other crustaceans; annelids; mollusks; fish eggs; and in certain cases, echinoderms.’
    • ‘The smaller live sandeels instead of the massive launce will sometimes work better and you always have the chance of a cracking pollack.’


Early 17th century: early variant of lance (because of its shape).