Lancepesade definitions

A grade within the rank of private, either assigned as assistants to corporals or performed the duties of corporals themselves.
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A grade within the rank of corporal; also called lance corporals.
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Origin of lancepesade

From the Italian lanzia spezzata, which literally means "broken lance" or "broken spear", but which was used to denote a seasoned soldier (the broken spear being a metaphor for combat experience, where such an occurrence was likely).