lancer

noun lanc·er \ ˈlan(t)-sər \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of lancer

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

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First Known Use of lancer

1590

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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