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


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.

Nearby words

  1. jaded,
  2. jadedly,
  3. jadeite,
  4. jadida, el,
  5. jadotville,
  6. jaeger's test types,
  7. jael,
  8. jafa,
  9. jafaican,
  10. jaffa

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


/ (ˈjeɪɡə) /


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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