Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An East Indian sailor, army servant, or artillery trooper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sailor, army servant or artilleryman from India or Southeast Asia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A native sailor, employed in European vessels; also, a menial employed about arsenals, camps, camps, etc.; a camp follower.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the East Indies, a native tent-pitcher, camp-follower, or regimental servant.
  • n. An East Indian sailor.
  • n. An artilleryman of an inferior class: a gun-lascar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a volcano in the Andes in Chile
  • n. an East Indian sailor

Etymologies

Urdu lashkar, army, from Persian, from Arabic al-'askar, the army : al-, the + 'askar, army.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Sailors from all around the Indian Ocean went by the name 'lascar'East Africans, South Asians, Filipinos, Chinese, Malays.

    Amitav Ghosh discusses Sea of Poppies

  • Reid is also looked on favorably by the lascar, natives of the Indian Ocean area who manned the European-owned ships, he ends up commanding on the way to Calcutta.

    A Progressive on the Prairie » Book Review: Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh » Print

  • The book is replete with the pidgin used by the lascar.

    A Progressive on the Prairie » Book Review: Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh » Print

  • Had I been recognized in that den my life would not have been worth an hour's purchase; for I have used it before now for my own purposes, and the rascally lascar who runs it has sworn to have vengeance upon me.

    Sole Music

  • At the foot of the stairs, however, she met this lascar scoundrel of whom I have spoken, who thrust her back and, aided by a Dane, who acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street.

    Sole Music

  • This fellow, a lascar, was well paid by me for his rooms, so that I knew that my secret was safe in his possession.

    Sole Music

  • Both he and the lascar stoutly swore that no one else had been in the front room during the afternoon.

    Sole Music

  • He has little time, for he has heard the scuffle downstairs when the wife tried to force her way up, and perhaps he has already heard from his lascar confederate that the police are hurrying up the street.

    Sole Music

  • "No, but this horrible man confessed to having been there, and the lascar was at the foot of the stairs."

    Sole Music

  • One mistake had been made in not arresting Boone instantly, as he was allowed some few minutes during which he might have communicated with his friend the lascar, but this fault was soon remedied, and he was seized and searched, without anything being found which could incriminate him.

    Sole Music

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  • This word was used in a Sherlock Holmes episode "The Man With The Twisted Lip."

    June 15, 2012

  • Honestly? That was my first thought.

    July 28, 2009

  • I wonder if they sail around a big watery oval, forever steering to port.

    July 28, 2009

  • East Indian sailor

    July 28, 2009

  • "...as they came into the town, where tight-turbanned Lascars could be seen contemplating the iron-gangs with satisfaction..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 355

    March 9, 2008