or jä·ger




[yey-ger; for 1 also jey-ger]


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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Contemporary Examples of jager

  • “He was in a league of his own, the first player from Kinheim to become a major-league player,” says Jager.

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    Murder at Home Plate

    Nadette De Visser

    November 23, 2011

Historical Examples of jager

  • Again and again Mr Jager had to order the combatants to desist, and shouted to the Frenchmen to throw down their weapons.

    The Rival Crusoes

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The first officer informed Mr Jager that they had taken the privateer for one of the convoy.

    The Rival Crusoes

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • It was so with the 3d Jager Battalion, ordered up hurriedly to make a counter-attack near Flers.

    Now It Can Be Told

    Philip Gibbs

  • Dr. Jager also told me to sit still, and we did until the flames began to come near us.

  • Dr. Jager got separated from me by catching his foot in an upturned chair, but he soon found me.

British Dictionary definitions for jager



See jaeger



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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Word Origin and History for jager

"German sharpshooter," 1776, from German jäger, literally "huntsman," from jagen "to hunt," from Old High German jagon, related to Old Frisian jagia, Dutch jagen "to hunt," Old Norse jaga "to drive, to move to and fro" (see yacht). Applied to riflemen and sharpshooters in the German and Austrian armies.

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