lancers

[lan-serz, lahn-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
1.
a set of quadrilles danced in sequence.
2.
music for such a set of dances.

Origin:
1860–65; plural of lancer

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lancer

[lan-ser, lahn-]
noun
a cavalry soldier armed with a lance.

Origin:
1580–90; < Middle French lancier. See lance1, -er2

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lancer (ˈlɑːnsə)
 
n
1.  (formerly) a cavalryman armed with a lance
2.  a.  a member of a regiment retaining such a title
 b.  (plural; capital when part of a name) : the 21st Lancers

lancers (ˈlɑːnsəz)
 
n
1.  a quadrille for eight or sixteen couples
2.  a piece of music composed for this dance

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lancer
1590, originally "soldier armed with a lance," from Fr. lancier, from O.Fr. lance (see lance).
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Self-employed businessmen and free-lancers should provide registration of their company or trade license.
Two air lancers were used to agitate the material inside the tank.
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