or la·ger

[ lah-ger ]

  1. a camp or encampment, especially within a protective circle of wagons.

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to arrange or encamp in a laager.

Origin of laager

1840–50; <Afrikaans laer, earlier lager; cognate with German Lager camp. See lair1

Words Nearby laager Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use laager in a sentence

  • What was my surprise to see lying below me the smoke and waggons and picketed horses of the enemy's laager!

    The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
  • He had no Horse Artillery; and the rapid and secret march to the rear of the laager might have been impossible with field-guns.

    The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
  • There were twelve thousand men in the camp and eight hundred in the laager.

  • I sent some burghers in advance to see what was happening to the Pretoria laager.

  • I saw the unhappy four the following day on their way back to a laager under guard.

    The Glory of The Coming | Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for laager



/ (ˈlɑːɡə) /

  1. (in Africa) a camp, esp one defended by a circular formation of wagons

  2. military a place where armoured vehicles are parked

  1. to form (wagons) into a laager

  2. (tr) to park (armoured vehicles) in a laager

Origin of laager

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

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