• WordNet 3.6
    • n lancer (formerly) a cavalryman armed with a lance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lancer A lancet.
    • Lancer (Dancing) A set of quadrilles of a certain arrangement.
    • Lancer One who lances; one who carries a lance; especially, a member of a mounted body of men armed with lances, attached to the cavalry service of some nations.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lancer One who carries a lance; a soldier armed with a lance. There are regiments of lancers in most of the great armies of Europe; they are generally considered as light cavalry. These lancer regiments are known by different names. See Uhlan, Cossack.
    • n lancer One who lances.
    • n lancer A lancet.
    • n lancer plural A popular set of quadrilles, first used in England about 1820. Also lanciers.
    • n lancer Music for such a set of dances.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lancer a light cavalry soldier armed with a lance:
    • Lancer (pl.) a popular set of quadrilles, first in England about 1820: the music for such
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. lancier,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. lancea; Gr. longchē, a lance.


In literature:

I got involved in a quarrel with the man who has just passed me, who was a captain in the Lancers, and a notorious bully and duellist.
"Through Russian Snows" by G. A Henty
Two lancers pierced Dave's body, and he fell from his horse, dead!
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
The ambassador who was his own country rode in the marshal's landau to court, with a retinue of Lancers that was also his guard.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Her soul was in the dance, though it was only the Lancers.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
The servant had a light spear in his hand, similar to that used by our lancers.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
A lancer was taken prisoner.
"Company 'A', corps of engineers, U.S.A., 1846-'48, in the Mexican war" by Gustavus Woodson Smith
We could only recognize him in the distance by has gray coat and his hat; his carriage with its escort of lancers was in the rear.
"Waterloo" by Émile Erckmann
There go the Lancers of Berg; you see their scarlet dolmans, don't you?
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
He had only the Guides cavalry, a portion of the 9th Lancers, and four guns to meet the attack.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
The lancers wheeled to reconnoiter, and then came on at a trot.
"Los Gringos" by H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
With his lancers he will in a few hours re-establish order.
"Felicitas" by Felix Dahn
Sikhs, after all, are Indians, and Chahda had once worked for a Sikh officer in the Bengal Lancers.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
The Mexican lancers rode bravely against the American lines and were driven back at the cannon's mouth.
"The Story of Our Country"
Carl had much to tell me, and could not find words to say all he wanted to, particularly in praise of the Pomeranian lancers.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
I sent three hundred lancers to see that my commands were obeyed.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
Of our old troops there were missing Leon, Salcedo, Morla, the brave lancer Lares, and several others.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Then a lancer rode at him with poised weapon.
"The Guns of Europe" by Joseph A. Altsheler
This was the last effort of the brave lancers.
"History of the War Between Mexico and the United States, with a Preliminary View of its Origin, Volume 1" by Brantz Mayer
He charged the crowd as if he were a squadron of Irish Lancers.
"Last Words" by Stephen Crane
After his shower-bath, he dressed calmly, in his lancer's uniform, with crape round the sleeve.
"Majesty" by Louis Couperus

In poetry:

"When from the war beyond the seas
The reckless Lancers home returned,
Their spoils were laid across my knees
About my lips their kisses burned.
"Yasmini" by Laurence Hope
By the brand on my withers, the finest of tunes
Is played by the Lancers, Hussars, and Dragoons,
And it's sweeter than "Stables" or "Water" to me,
The Cavalry Canter of "Bonnie Dundee!"
"Parade-Song of the Camp-Animals" by Rudyard Kipling
'Speak the word, and, master mine,
As we charged on Tilly's line,
And his Walloon lancers,
Smiting through their midst we'll teach
Civil look and decent speech
To these boyish prancers!'
"Barclay Of Ury" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Despite the Bruins' best efforts though, the Lancers mounted a comeback and rallied to a tie at 24-24.
Happy Fun Lancer Lounge 233 East Seventh Avenue 303-831-8989.
The middle, rear seating slot is less compromised than usual because Lancer 's center tunnel is lower and narrower than in some cars.
Mitsubishi won't forecast but hopes to easily eclipse the 23,000 Lancers sold last year or the 28,000 sold in 2005.
Lancer International, a division of the Kenmark Group, launches República Eyewear, a street brand of ophthalmic frames and sunglasses that captures the pulse of Latino style from republics around the world.
No, this was not an opening chapter in a new gang wars novel, this was a turf war of Lacrosse between the Churchill Lancers and the Clakamas Caveliers.
The Lancers are 1 - 1 and will travel to Sherwood High School near Portland this Friday, March 19th.
Camilleri Leading the Lancers .
Otto Porter Jr leads rout of Lancers , 89-53.
Lancers go long to beat Oilers.
Freddies can't stop Lancers ' attack.
Rochester Lancers (3-3) vs Milwaukee Wave (2-2), 3 pm Saturday at the US Cellular Arena.
Lady Lancers score road win.
TRAFALGAR The Indian Creek girls' basketball team won its first game of the Johnson County Tournament in big fashion Tuesday, defeating the visiting Edinburgh Lancers , 76-44.
Lancers , Falcons win girl's semifinal soccer games.