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or ulan

[oo-lahn, yoo-luh n] /ˈu lɑn, ˈyu lən/
one of a group of lancers in a light-cavalry unit, first appearing in Europe in the Polish army.
one of such a group as later developed into heavy cavalry in western European armies, especially in Germany.
Origin of uhlan
1745-55; < German < Polish ulanTurkish oğlan boy, lad Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for uhlan
Historical Examples
  • “A stout officer in the uniform of a uhlan colonel,” laughed Thad.

  • He felt sure that he could have outridden the uhlan in the end.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • He was sure that they were made by a horse, and he believed that a uhlan was riding near.

    The Forest of Swords Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The uhlan is my comrade and friend; he may be more than that some day.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • We have settled more than one uhlan dog on that curve there by the oak-tree.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • In the middle of the reading, the uhlan interrupted Denisov.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • They could make a dash for it, and a uhlan might or might not see them.

    The Guns of Europe Joseph A. Altsheler
  • It was the exclamation of the uhlan who had stopped them in the afternoon.

  • A few hours before their arrival at Mesnil-sur-Bulles a uhlan patrol had already made a reconnoissance in this commune.

  • This was considered a joke—what a uhlan in temper is like may be surmised.

British Dictionary definitions for uhlan


/ˈuːlɑːn; ˈjuːlən/
(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

"cavalryman," 1753, from German Uhlan, from Polish ułan "a lancer," from Turkish oghlan "a youth." For sense evolution, cf. infantry.

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