lance corporal


: an enlisted man in the marine corps ranking above a private first class and below a corporal

Examples of lance corporal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By 2022, Evan was 19 and a Marine Corps lance corporal stationed in California. Laura Strickler, NBC News, 23 Feb. 2024 Davis enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 2019 and was promoted to the rank of lance corporal on Jan. 1. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 Dorsey was in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2002-06, achieving the rank of lance corporal. Evan Desai, The Arizona Republic, 12 Jan. 2024 The Princess promoted the pony from lance corporal to corporal before departing the barracks by helicopter. Ollie MacNaughton, Glamour, 8 Nov. 2023 The three Marine lance corporals who were found dead in a vehicle at a North Carolina gas station Sunday died of carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities said. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 26 July 2023 Three men who were found dead in a vehicle Sunday morning at a North Carolina store have been identified as Marine lance corporals from Camp Lejeune, officials said. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 25 July 2023 Two other people, including a lance corporal, saw her and talked to her, the defense said. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 17 Aug. 2023 The lance corporals, identified by the U.S. Marine Corps as Tanner J. Kaltenberg, 19, of Madison, Wisconsin; Merax C. Dockery, 23, of Pottawatomie, Oklahoma; and Ivan R. Garcia, 23, of Naples, Florida, were stationed at nearby Camp Lejeune. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 26 July 2023

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Word History


lance (as in obsolete lancepesade lance corporal, from Middle French lancepessade)

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lance corporal was in 1786

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“Lance corporal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

lance corporal

: an enlisted person with a rank just below that of corporal in the marines

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