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laager

or la·ger

[lah-ger]South African.
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noun
  1. a camp or encampment, especially within a protective circle of wagons.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to arrange or encamp in a laager.
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Origin of laager

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

  • "Then hold a light so that I can see how to climb into the laager," he said.

    Allan's Wife

    H. Rider Haggard

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

    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


British Dictionary definitions for laager

laager

lager

noun
  1. (in Africa) a camp, esp one defended by a circular formation of wagons
  2. military a place where armoured vehicles are parked
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verb
  1. to form (wagons) into a laager
  2. (tr) to park (armoured vehicles) in a laager
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Word Origin

C19: from Afrikaans lager, via German from Old High German legar bed, lair
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