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or lager

[lah-ger] /ˈlɑ gər/ South African.
a camp or encampment, especially within a protective circle of wagons.
verb (used with or without object)
to arrange or encamp in a laager.
Origin of laager
1840-50; < Afrikaans laer, earlier lager; cognate with German Lager camp. See lair1 Unabridged
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  • We found that this force was the very one that had flanked our laager the previous week, when we were passing Ventersdorp.

    Three Years' War Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
  • There are said to be several commandos in laager on the Border.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • I sent some burghers in advance to see what was happening to the Pretoria laager.

  • Forward they sped straight to the laager, striving to force a way in.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • However that might be, it soon became evident they meant to pass under the mowana, right through the laager.

    The Vee-Boers Mayne Reid
  • There were twelve thousand men in the camp and eight hundred in the laager.

  • Every night in camp you may hear deep-throated choruses swelling up from the prisoners' laager.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V. Erskine Childers
  • Quick as thought, but silently, we led them out all three where the laager was broken.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • The people in the laager lived on fresh meat very largely, the men going out daily to shoot game.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
  • Just past the Dutch laager some one said, By Jove, the laager smells peculiar.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
British Dictionary definitions for laager


(in Africa) a camp, esp one defended by a circular formation of wagons
(military) a place where armoured vehicles are parked
to form (wagons) into a laager
(transitive) to park (armoured vehicles) in a laager
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans lager, via German from Old High German legar bed, lair
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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