Definition of lance corporal in English:

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lance corporal

noun

A rank of non-commissioned officer in the British army, above private and below corporal.
Example sentences
  • He fought in the Tet Offensive in 1968 as a lance corporal with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines.
  • Her mother married a dashing Jack-the-lad, who had been a lance corporal in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the war.
  • George Solomou is a lance corporal in the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the London Irish Rifles.

Origin

Late 18th century: on the analogy of obsolete lancepesade, the lowest grade of non-commissioned officer, based on Italian lancia spezzata 'broken lance'.

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