: tank sense 2
specifically : a German tank of World War II

Examples of panzer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Heer operated an impressive 12 combat divisions, including five panzer (armored) and four panzergrenadier (mechanized infantry) divisions, as well as several reserve mechanized brigades, for a total of 5,135 tanks. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2023 Its squat shape didn’t have that menacing look of the German panzers. Popular Mechanics, 17 Aug. 2023 By mid summer 1944, the Allied forces had 4,500 Sherman tanks in France, representing more than three times the size of the German panzer (tank) force facing them. Jeremy Hsu, Discover Magazine, 16 Oct. 2014 These eyewitness testimonies are significant since few panzer crewmen and infantry combat soldiers would survive subsequent campaigns, particularly those fought in Europe and the Mediterranean. Robert Kershaw, WSJ, 29 July 2022 And the German panzer divisions poised only 12 miles from Moscow signaled the imminent collapse of his only other opponent, Russia. Arthur Herman, WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 Still, mud can really give tanks a hard time and bog down attacks, as the German panzers learned when invading the USSR in World War II. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2020 Under his agency the ball is no longer a soft rainbow in the sky, it has been weaponized into a bazooka rocket, a panzer-buster, trailing exhaust. Stephen Hunter, National Review, 22 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History


German Panzer tank, armor, coat of mail, from Middle High German panzier, from Old French panciere, from pance, panche belly — more at paunch

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of panzer was in 1938

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“Panzer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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