Definition of lance corporal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


lance corporal

BrE BrE//ˌlɑːns ˈkɔːpərəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌlæns ˈkɔːrpərəl//
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a member of one of the lower ranks in the British army Lance Corporal Alan Smith Word Originlate 18th cent.: on the analogy of obsolete lancepesade, the lowest grade of non-commissioned officer, based on Italian lancia spezzata ‘broken lance’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lance corporal