Definition of uhlan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈuːlɑːn/
/ˈjuːlɑːn/ /ʊˈlɑːn/


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.


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

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