Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A German armored vehicle, such as a tank, especially of the type used during World War II.
  • adj. Of or equipped with armored vehicles: a panzer division.
  • adj. Of or relating to an armored division.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tank, especially a German one of World War II.
  • n. Of or relating to the armoured units employed by the German forces in World War II.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A German tank of the kind used in World War II.
  • adj. Equipped with armored vehicles; armored.
  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or involving armored military vehicles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an armored vehicle or tank

Etymologies

German, short for Panzerdivision, armored unit, from Panzer, tank, armor, from Middle High German panzier, armor, from Old French pancier, armor for the belly, from pance, belly; see paunch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1940, from German Panzer, from Middle High German Panzer ("armour"), from Old French panciere ("coat of mail"), from Latin pantex ("paunch"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was to be several more weeks before the rest of the 6th "Foot Division" — with a touch of bitter gallows humor, the men had so dubbed their panzer division on account of its total lack of tanks — received travel orders to move west.

    Panzer Aces

  • But she misspelled "panzer" and did not make it past the second round.

    Dose.ca Music briefs

  • Three German panzer divisions have just crossed the Austrian border into Hungary and will soon be in Budapest along with 240 Gestapo agents, Ujszaszi told the Americans.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • But it is true that as inspector of the panzer troops he had no field command.

    Matthew Yglesias » ADL Hits Petraeus

  • Lokie commands the ground-tank half of the Mogera, and he is one tough panzer leader.

    Multicultural Experiences

  • By June 1940, when panzer divisions were advancing on Paris, about 10,000 tons of war supplies were being shipped monthly from Haiphong to Kunming, and a backlog of 125,000 tons were piled up in the port's warehouses.

    'Valley of Death'

  • But this time, not with armies in Super-Kursk panzer battles -- and certainly, thanks to massive retaliation, not with nukes.

    Michael Vlahos: James Bond, We Hardly Knew Ye

  • Above all, infantry divisions, especially in the Army Group South area of operations, were lacking to screen the flanks of the attack groups, therefore, this mission had to be taken over by panzer divisions, which were then missing from the attack in the main direction.

    Deathride

  • Von Wolfram calmly surveyed the scene before locking himself down into his panzer.

    The Green-Eyed Shwemyethna

  • He seemed to believe there were hidden panzer divisions waiting idly for his commands.

    The Green-Eyed Shwemyethna

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  • Tanks?...WW2... What? Auntie Em? ;-)

    July 22, 2008

  • Isn't a panzer a tank...
    a term commonly used in WW2.....
    You know...
    Panzer division!

    July 22, 2008

  • Oh...YOU were talking about those little wiener dogs... THAT'S funny too! ;-)

    June 7, 2008

  • I'm glad. :)

    (psst... I think it's spelled dachshunds)

    June 6, 2008

  • The mental image I get when thinking of a panzer division of daschunds just cracks me up! That's definitely going to be one of the "happy places" I go to when I need to re-focus. Thanks c_b!

    June 6, 2008

  • It was a slightly critical nickname for Cardinal Ratzinger prior to him becoming Pope Bennedict the However-Manyth. As he was often tasked by Pope John Paul II to carve out an approach on difficult issues he was dubbed 'Cardinal Panzer', and surely only because he was German.

    November 29, 2007

  • That's interesting, yarb. Though people of my parents' generation do use WWII-era expressions sometimes, I'd never thought or heard of "panzer division" being used colloquially. Thanks for enlightening me.

    November 29, 2007

  • I've heard "panzer division" used figuratively for an extremely big or dangerous obstacle by people of my parents' generation, but no, daschunds generally aren't that are they.

    November 29, 2007

  • Usages from OED:

    1942 R.A.F. Jrnl. 3 Oct. 5 You were in danger of breaking your leg by falling over a complete panzer division of dachshunds moving from bar to shove ha'penny table on a broad front.

    1962 S. PLATH Daddy in Coll. Poems (1981) 224, I have always been scared of you, with your Luftwaffe..your Aryan eye, bright blue Panzer-man, panzer-man, O You.

    I have to admit, I never thought of using this word in the sense of "lots of dachshunds."

    November 29, 2007