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

  • n. One of a body of horse cavalry that formed part of the Polish, German, Austrian, and Russian armies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lancer, a soldier armed with a lance in a former light cavalry unit of the Polish, Prussian, Austrian, and Russian armies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a certain description of militia among the Tartars.
  • n. One of a kind of light cavalry of Tartaric origin, first introduced into European armies in Poland. They are armed with lances, pistols, and sabers, and are employed chiefly as skirmishers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A soldier mounted and armed with a lance, and wearing a kind of semi-Oriental dress with loose hanging sleeves and very baggy trousers: originally known in the eastern countries of Europe.


German, from Polish ulan, from Turkish oğlan, youth, from oğul, son.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French uhlan, from German Uhlan, from Polish ułan, from Turkish oğlan. (Wiktionary)



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