lance corporal


Definition of lance corporal

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

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At his court martial, Pistolis also had his rank reduced from lance corporal to private first class, ABC News reported.. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Marine from Charlotte was accused of white supremacist ties. He's headed to prison.," 20 June 2018 Carl Rasmussen, a lance corporal, grew up on a farm in Oregon. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Untold Story of Robert Mueller's Time in Combat," 15 May 2018 There’s also a pub, a gym, a post office and a posh Marine barracks, with millionaire views all the way to Westminster for the hard-working 19-year-old lance corporals. William Booth, Washington Post, "The new U.S. embassy in London: A crystalline ‘sugar cube’ worth a billion dollars," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of lance corporal

1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lance corporal

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

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English Language Learners Definition of lance corporal

: a person in the U.S. Marines, the Royal Marines, or the British Army with a rank just below that of corporal

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Kids Definition of lance corporal

: an enlisted person in the marine corps ranking above a private first class

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