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uhlan

[oo-lahn, yoo-luh n] /ˈu lɑn, ˈyu lən/
noun
1.
one of a group of lancers in a light-cavalry unit, first appearing in Europe in the Polish army.
2.
one of such a group as later developed into heavy cavalry in western European armies, especially in Germany.
Also, ulan.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < German < Polish ulanTurkish oğlan boy, lad
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uhlan

/ˈuːlɑːn; ˈjuːlən/
noun
1.
(history) a member of a body of lancers first employed in the Polish army and later in W European armies
Word Origin
C18: via German from Polish ulan, from Turkish ōlan young man
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Word Origin and History for uhlan
uhlan
"cavalryman," 1753, from Ger. Uhlan, from Pol. ulan "a lancer," from Turk. oghlan "a youth." For sense evolution, cf. infantry.
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