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uhlan

Syllabification: uh·lan
Pronunciation: /o͞oˈlän, ˈ(y)o͞olən
 
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Definition of uhlan in English:

noun

historical
A cavalryman armed with a lance as a member of various European armies.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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