jaeger

[ yey-ger; for 1 also jey-ger ]
/ ˈyeɪ gər; for 1 also ˈdʒeɪ gər /

noun

any of several rapacious seabirds of the family Stercorariidae that pursue weaker birds to make them drop their prey.
a hunter.
a member of any of several groups of sharpshooters in the German or Austrian army.
Also jager, jäger, yager (for defs 2, 3).

Origin of jaeger

1770–80; < German Jäger hunter, equivalent to jag(en) to hunt + -er -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for jaeger

jaeger
/ (ˈjeɪɡə) /

noun

military a marksman in certain units of the German or Austrian armies
a member of a light or mountain infantry unit in some European armies
US and Canadian any of several skuas of the genus Stercorarius
rare a hunter or hunter's attendant
Also (for senses 1, 2, 4): jager, jäger

Word Origin for jaeger

C18: from German Jäger hunter, from jagen to hunt; see yacht
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