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jager

[yey-ger] /ˈyeɪ gər/
noun
1.
jaeger (defs 2, 3).
Also, jäger.

jaeger

[yey-ger; for 1 also jey-ger] /ˈyeɪ gər; for 1 also ˈdʒeɪ gər/
noun
1.
any of several rapacious seabirds of the family Stercorariidae that pursue weaker birds to make them drop their prey.
2.
a hunter.
3.
a member of any of several groups of sharpshooters in the German or Austrian army.
Also, jager, jäger, yager (for defs 2, 3).
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < German Jäger hunter, equivalent to jag(en) to hunt + -er -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for jäger

jäger

/ˈjeɪɡə/
noun
1.
See jaeger

jaeger

/ˈjeɪɡə/
noun
1.
(military) a marksman in certain units of the German or Austrian armies
2.
a member of a light or mountain infantry unit in some European armies
3.
(US & Canadian) any of several skuas of the genus Stercorarius
4.
(rare) a hunter or hunter's attendant
Also (for senses 1, 2, 4) jager, jäger
Word Origin
C18: from German Jäger hunter, from jagen to hunt; see yacht
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Word Origin and History for jäger

jager

n.

"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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