lance corporal(redirected from Lance corporals)
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1. A noncommissioned rank in the US Marine Corps that is above private first class and below corporal.
2. One who holds this rank.
[From lancepesade, from obsolete French lancepessade, from Italian lancia spezzata, superior soldier : lancia, lance (from Latin lancea; see lance) + spezzata, feminine past participle of spezzare, to break to pieces.]
(Military) a noncommissioned officer of the lowest rank in the British Army
an enlisted person in the U.S. Marine Corps ranking above a private first class.
[1780–90; lance, shortened form of earlier lancepesade < Middle French lancepessade]