noun (used with a singular verb)

  1. a set of quadrilles danced in sequence.
  2. music for such a set of dances.


  1. a cavalry soldier armed with a lance.

noun (functioning as singular)

  1. a quadrille for eight or sixteen couples
  2. a piece of music composed for this dance


  1. (formerly) a cavalryman armed with a lance
    1. a member of a regiment retaining such a title
    2. (plural; capital when part of a name)the 21st Lancers

n.1580s, “soldier armed with a lance,” from French lancier, from Old French lance (see lance (n.)).

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