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 corporalfrom 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.