Uhlan

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Uhlan One of a certain description of militia among the Tartars.
    • Uhlan (Mil) One of a kind of light cavalry of Tartaric origin, first introduced into European armies in Poland. They are armed with lances, pistols, and sabers, and are employed chiefly as skirmishers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n uhlan A soldier mounted and armed with a lance, and wearing a kind of semi-Oriental dress with loose hanging sleeves and very baggy trousers: originally known in the eastern countries of Europe. Uhlans were armed with a curved simitar besides the lance. Under Marshal Saxe, a corps of uhlans was temporarily established in the French army. At the present time the name is given to light cavalry armed with the lance; the Prussian uhlans are especially renowned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Uhlan ū′lan one of a kind of light cavalry for outpost duty, &c., armed with a lance, famous esp. in the Prussian army.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. uhlan, Pol. ulan, hulan, from Turk. oglān, a youth, lad; of Tartar origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Polish ulan, orig. a light Tartar horseman—Turk, oglān, a young man.

Usage

In literature:

In another instant the Uhlans charged but, as quickly, the direst confusion reigned, where before had been a regular line.
"The Young Franc Tireurs" by G. A. Henty
We had also passed through a forest, keeping our eyes alert, our weapons ready, for the possibility of marauding Uhlans.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
On that very road a battalion of Uhlans had been annihilated almost to a man at the outbreak of the Great War.
"The Doctor of Pimlico" by William Le Queux
Who ever heard of an Uhlan in a boat?
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
One is an officer of a Scottish regiment, and the other is a private in the Uhlans.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
See how the Uhlans' lances toss!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 4, 1914" by Various
The ground was covered with horses and uhlans, wounded and dead.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
He was captain in a fine Uhlan regiment.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
The uhlan had become a terror, but not without some provocation.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
As played by me, "The Charge of the Uhlans" became a whole battle scene.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 25, 1914" by Various
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In poetry:

With brandished sabres, with reins all slack,
Raised standards, and low-couched lances,
Thus we Uhlans and Cuirassiers wildly drove back,
And hotly repelled their advances.
"The Trumpet Of Gravelotte" by Hermann Ferdinand Freiligrath