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Lance (1 syl.)

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in Christian art, is an attribute of St. Matthew and St. Thomas, the apostles; also of St. Longiʹnus, St. George, St. Adalbert, St. Oswin, St. Barbara, St. Michael, St. Domeʹtrius, and several others.

Astolpho had a lance of gold that with enchanted force dismounted everyone it touched. (Orlando Furioso, bk. ix.)

A free-lance. One who acts on his own judgment, and not from party motives. The reference is to the Free Companies of the Middle Ages, called in Italy condottieri, and in France Compagnies Grandes, which were free to act as they liked, and were not servants of the Crown or of any other potentate. It must be confessed, however, that they were willing to sell themselves to any master and any cause, good or bad.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Lamps
Lampadion
Lampoon
Lampos and Phaeton
Lancashire Lads or “The Lancashire.”
Lancaster
Lancaster Gun
Lancasterian (A)
Lancastrian (A)
Lance
Lance-Corporal and Lance-Sergeant
Lance-Knight
Lance of the Ladies
Lancelot (Sir)
Lancelot or Launcelot Gobbo
Lancelot du Lac
Lancers (The)
Land
Land-damn
Land-loupers