Lance-corporal meaning

A noncommissioned rank in the US Marine Corps that is above private first class and below corporal.
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One who holds this rank.
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(brit. army) A private acting temporarily as a corporal.
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(u.s. marine corps) An enlisted person ranking below a corporal and above a private first class.
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(US) An enlisted rank of grade E-3 in the United States Marine Corps, ranking above private first class and below corporal. Abbreviated as LCpl.
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(UK) A non-commissioned officer in the British Army and Royal Marines, ranking above private and below corporal. A rank with NATO code OR-3.
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Alternative form of lance corporal.
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Origin of lance-corporal

  • From lancepesade from obsolete French lancepessade from Italian lancia spezzata superior soldier lancia lance (from Latin lancea lance) spezzata feminine past participle of spezzare to break to pieces

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition