lance corporallance corporal
- Brit. Army a private acting temporarily as a corporal
- ⌂ U.S. Marine Corps an enlisted person ranking below a corporal and above a private first class
Origin of lance corporal; from obsolete lance(-pesade), lance corporal (; from Middle French lance pessade, infantry officer under the rank of corporal ; from Italian lancia spezzata, literally , broken lance) + corporal
- A noncommissioned rank in the US Marine Corps that is above private first class and below corporal.
- One who holds this rank.
Origin of lance corporalFrom 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.
(plural lance corporals)
- Alternative form of lance corporal.