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lancer

[lan-ser, lahn-] /ˈlæn sər, ˈlɑn-/
noun
1.
a cavalry soldier armed with a lance.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Middle French lancier. See lance1, -er2
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lancer

/ˈlɑːnsə/
noun
1.
(formerly) a cavalryman armed with a lance
2.
  1. a member of a regiment retaining such a title
  2. (plural; capital when part of a name): the 21st Lancers
See also lancers
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Word Origin and History for lancer
n.

1580s, "soldier armed with a lance," from French lancier, from Old French lance (see lance (n.)).

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