Definition of uhlan in English:


Syllabification: uh·lan
Pronunciation: /o͞oˈlän, ˈ(y)o͞olən


  • A cavalryman armed with a lance as a member of various European armies.
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    • The lancers wore the czapka of the Polish uhlans, the hussars wore the dolmans of Hungarian horsemen.
    • Both uhlan and czapska derive from Turkish and clearly associate the Polish lancers with origins in Turkey.
    • The train moved back to Radziwillow, where it was next captured by the uhlans of the 2nd squadron on May 24, 1920.


mid 18th century: via French and German from Polish (h)ulan, from Turkish oğlan 'youth, servant'.

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