Lascar definition

lăskər
An East Indian sailor, army servant, or artillery trooper during the era of European colonialism in Asia.
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(historical) An Indian or East Indian sailor, employed on European ships.
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A sailor, army servant or artilleryman from India or Southeast Asia.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lascar
Plural:
lascars

Origin of lascar

  • Ultimately (probably via Portuguese lascar) from Urdu laškar army from Persian from Middle Persian kwer- in Indo-European roots

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