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laager

or lager

[lah-ger] /ˈlɑ gər/ South African.
noun
1.
a camp or encampment, especially within a protective circle of wagons.
verb (used with or without object)
2.
to arrange or encamp in a laager.
Origin of laager
1840-1850
1840-50; < Afrikaans laer, earlier lager; cognate with German Lager camp. See lair1
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Examples from the Web for laager
Historical Examples
  • There are said to be several commandos in laager on the Border.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The Mayor's wife, with her two children, was an inmate of the Women's laager.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • "Come, let us see about the waggons," and we walked towards the laager.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • "Then hold a light so that I can see how to climb into the laager," he said.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • Forward they sped straight to the laager, striving to force a way in.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • But the Boers in the laager had found time to load, and they met with a warm reception.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • Come along; we must keep it up till help comes from the laager.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • Two-thirds of them spoke English, as nearly all in this laager were from Heidelberg.

  • There were twelve thousand men in the camp and eight hundred in the laager.

  • I sent some burghers in advance to see what was happening to the Pretoria laager.

British Dictionary definitions for laager

laager

/ˈlɑːɡə/
noun
1.
(in Africa) a camp, esp one defended by a circular formation of wagons
2.
(military) a place where armoured vehicles are parked
verb
3.
to form (wagons) into a laager
4.
(transitive) to park (armoured vehicles) in a laager
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans lager, via German from Old High German legar bed, lair
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