Definition of lancer in English:


Syllabification: lanc·er
Pronunciation: /ˈlansər


  • 1 historical A soldier of a cavalry regiment armed with lances.
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    • If at that moment, the swordsman lunges, forcing the lance to the outside, he is safe and the lancer is at his mercy.
    • In fact, the lancers were a minority of those who charged: only one regiment of lancers, but two each of hussars and light dragoons.
    • But when free of the classroom, he transforms himself into the role of the leader of an elite corps of Polish lancers in Napoleon's army.
  • 2 (lancers) [treated as singular] A quadrille for eight or sixteen pairs.
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    • She whirls by in the Valse, or glides in front of them in the Lancers.
    • I just went to Thomson's around the time of the First War where they learned you quadrilles and lancers.
    • The Lancers Quadrille was full of grace, with its salutes and its bows, its slow and solemn movement.


late 16th century: from French lancier, from lance 'a lance'.

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