from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A set of quadrilles for 8 or 16 couples.
  • noun Music appropriate for a set of lancers{1}.

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  • noun a traditional dance for eight or sixteen couples, originating from a 19th century quadrille
  • noun the music for a lancers

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  • noun a quadrille for 8 or 16 couples


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  • "You can put most of the lancers a kay or so back, even farther," suggested Cerryl.

    Colors of Chaos Modesitt, L. E. 1999

  • I've summoned Senglat since his lancers were the last in Certis.

    Colors of Chaos Modesitt, L. E. 1999

  • I doubt the Duke of Lydiar, for all his boasts, can raise more than one hundred score trained lancers, that is.

    Colors of Chaos Modesitt, L. E. 1999

  • "You may be lord and prophet in name, Lord Rabyn," Nubara says quietly as he edges up beside Rabyn, "but his lancers are a greater force than any single one you have left in Neserea."

    The Spellsong War Modesitt, L. E. 1998

  • Maybe for a long period, newspapers will have to rely on free-lancers, which is surely cheaper.

    Nicholas D. Kristof 2009

  • After them the audience broke up into little cliques and had the jolliest little suppers the winter produced, with the inevitable "lancers" until the smallest of small hours.

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy from Birth to Death T. C. DeLeon

  • They even had time to dance "square dances," quadrilles, and "lancers"; they also danced the "racquette," and schottisches and polkas, and such whims as the "Portland Fancy."

    The Magnificent Ambersons; illustrated by Arthur William Brown 1918

  • 'That's why they're called lancers, idiot, "he murmured to himself as he twisted in the saddle, and beat aside the glittering lance with the dark blade that seemed so short.

    The Chaos Balance Modesitt, L. E. 1997

  • "The white and green" the man by the overhang right there " he's gone now " lancers " those are the ones from Sturinn " they are on the south hills."

    The Spellsong War Modesitt, L. E. 1998

  • The wrong done by the McCarthy lancers, under McCarthy leadership, was to poke out the eyes and ears of the State Department on Asian Affairs, to blind American foreign policy.

    A Covert Affair Jennet Conant 2011


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