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Topic: ARMY

Date: 1700-1800
Origin: lancepesade 'officer of lowest rank' (16-19 centuries), from early French lancepessade, from Old Italian lancia spezzata 'broken lance, experienced soldier'

lance corporal

noun
     
lance corporal [countable]
PMA a low level rank in the Marines or the British army, or someone who has this rank
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