Definition of lance corporal in English:

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lance corporal

Pronunciation: /ˈˌlans ˌkôrp(ə)rəl/


An enlisted person in the US Marine Corps ranking above private first class 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.


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

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Syllabification: lance cor·po·ral

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