Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A German armored vehicle, such as a tank, especially of the type used during World War II.
  • adjective Of or equipped with armored vehicles.
  • adjective Of or relating to an armored division.

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

  • adjective Equipped with armored vehicles; armored.
  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or involving armored military vehicles.
  • noun A German tank of the kind used in World War II.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tank, especially a German one of World War II.
  • noun attributive, sometimes capitalized Of or relating to the armoured units employed by the German forces in World War II.

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

  • noun an armored vehicle or tank

Etymologies

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

[German, short for Panzerdivision, armored unit, from Panzer, tank, armor, from Middle High German panzier, armor, from Old French pancier, armor for the belly, from pance, belly; see paunch.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

1940, from German Panzer, from Middle High German Panzer ("armour"), from Old French panciere ("coat of mail"), from Latin pantex ("paunch").

Examples

  • It was to be several more weeks before the rest of the 6th "Foot Division" — with a touch of bitter gallows humor, the men had so dubbed their panzer division on account of its total lack of tanks — received travel orders to move west.

    Panzer Aces

  • But she misspelled "panzer" and did not make it past the second round.

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  • Three German panzer divisions have just crossed the Austrian border into Hungary and will soon be in Budapest along with 240 Gestapo agents, Ujszaszi told the Americans.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • But it is true that as inspector of the panzer troops he had no field command.

    Matthew Yglesias » ADL Hits Petraeus

  • Lokie commands the ground-tank half of the Mogera, and he is one tough panzer leader.

    Multicultural Experiences

  • Three German panzer divisions have just crossed the Austrian border into Hungary and will soon be in Budapest along with 240 Gestapo agents, Ujszaszi told the Americans.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • But this time, not with armies in Super-Kursk panzer battles -- and certainly, thanks to massive retaliation, not with nukes.

    Michael Vlahos: James Bond, We Hardly Knew Ye

  • But this time, not with armies in Super-Kursk panzer battles -- and certainly, thanks to massive retaliation, not with nukes.

    Michael Vlahos: James Bond, We Hardly Knew Ye

  • Above all, infantry divisions, especially in the Army Group South area of operations, were lacking to screen the flanks of the attack groups, therefore, this mission had to be taken over by panzer divisions, which were then missing from the attack in the main direction.

    Deathride

  • By June 1940, when panzer divisions were advancing on Paris, about 10,000 tons of war supplies were being shipped monthly from Haiphong to Kunming, and a backlog of 125,000 tons were piled up in the port's warehouses.

    'Valley of Death'

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  • Usages from OED:

    1942 R.A.F. Jrnl. 3 Oct. 5 You were in danger of breaking your leg by falling over a complete panzer division of dachshunds moving from bar to shove ha'penny table on a broad front.

    1962 S. PLATH Daddy in Coll. Poems (1981) 224, I have always been scared of you, with your Luftwaffe..your Aryan eye, bright blue Panzer-man, panzer-man, O You.

    I have to admit, I never thought of using this word in the sense of "lots of dachshunds."

    November 29, 2007

  • I've heard "panzer division" used figuratively for an extremely big or dangerous obstacle by people of my parents' generation, but no, daschunds generally aren't that are they.

    November 29, 2007

  • That's interesting, yarb. Though people of my parents' generation do use WWII-era expressions sometimes, I'd never thought or heard of "panzer division" being used colloquially. Thanks for enlightening me.

    November 29, 2007

  • It was a slightly critical nickname for Cardinal Ratzinger prior to him becoming Pope Bennedict the However-Manyth. As he was often tasked by Pope John Paul II to carve out an approach on difficult issues he was dubbed 'Cardinal Panzer', and surely only because he was German.

    November 29, 2007

  • The mental image I get when thinking of a panzer division of daschunds just cracks me up! That's definitely going to be one of the "happy places" I go to when I need to re-focus. Thanks c_b!

    June 6, 2008

  • I'm glad. :)

    (psst... I think it's spelled dachshunds)

    June 6, 2008

  • Oh...YOU were talking about those little wiener dogs... THAT'S funny too! ;-)

    June 7, 2008

  • Isn't a panzer a tank...

    a term commonly used in WW2.....

    You know...

    Panzer division!

    July 22, 2008

  • Tanks?...WW2... What? Auntie Em? ;-)

    July 22, 2008