lancer

noun

lanc·​er ˈlan(t)-sər How to pronounce lancer (audio)
1
a
: one who carries a lance
b
: a member of a military unit formerly composed of light cavalry armed with lances
2
lancers plural in form but singular in construction
a
: a set of five quadrilles each in a different meter
b
: the music for such dances

Examples of lancer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps they were rejected earlier under Ohio’s regular unemployment system and didn’t realize a new one is now available for lower-wage workers and people such as free-lancers who report income on IRS 1099 forms. Rich Exner, cleveland, 4 June 2020 The empire specializes in magic, the kingdom focuses on lancers, while the alliance touts the best archers. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, 26 July 2019 Turkish troops retreated under the command of Mustafa Kemal—later the founder of the republic of Turkey (and better known as Atatürk)—and were pursued by the emir Faisal’s Arab forces, by Mysore lancers, and by Australian armored car units. Mark Mazower, The New York Review of Books, 4 Apr. 2019 Dunman served as a courier who rode from the Alamo through a line of enemy lancers to deliver the letter Colonel William B. Travis wrote asking for reinforcements. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, 2 May 2018 The junior played a huge part in the big GMC match against Middletown bowling games of 224 and 244 and helped his team to a second-place finish at the lancer baker bash. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, 19 Jan. 2018 Fleming set numerous records on the hardwood for the Lancers while White helped lead La Salle to three-straight state football championships while playing multiple positions during his career. John Snodgrass, Cincinnati.com, 25 June 2017 That's because his Lancers held up their end of an early-season bet, winning the Public League title, 17-10, against a feisty Simon Gratz squad. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, 19 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of lancer was in 1590

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“Lancer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lancer. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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