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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).


lancepesade (plural lancepesades)

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

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