lanc·​er | \ ˈlan(t)-sər How to pronounce lancer (audio) \

Definition of lancer

1a : 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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The empire specializes in magic, the kingdom focuses on lancers, while the alliance touts the best archers. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ has foundation built on characters," 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, "An Archive of Atrocities," 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, "Historical marker honors ‘true father of Humble’ Joseph Dunman," 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,, "Enquirer high school athlete of the week winners, Jan. 19," 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,, "House, Volpenhein named LaRosa's MVPs," 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,, "Central boys beat Gratz to win Public League lacrosse crown," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of lancer

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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