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One of a body of horse cavalry that formed part of the Polish, German, Austrian, and Russian armies.
[German, from Polish ulan, from Turkish oğlan, youth, from oğul, son, from Old Turkic.]
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uhlan(ˈuːlɑːn; ˈjuːlən) or
1. (Historical Terms) history a member of a body of lancers first employed in the Polish army and later in W European armies
2. (Military) history a member of a body of lancers first employed in the Polish army and later in W European armies
[C18: via German from Polish ulan, from Turkish ōlan young man]
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or u•lan(ˈu lɑn, ˈyu lən)
1. (formerly, in the Polish army) a lancer in a light-cavalry unit.
2. one of such a group as later developed into heavy cavalry in W European armies, esp. in Germany.
[1745–55; < German < Polish ulan « Turkish oğlan boy, lad]
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