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[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.
Also, jager, jäger, yager (for defs 2, 3).
Origin of jaeger
1770-80; < German Jäger hunter, equivalent to jag(en) to hunt + -er -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • No wonder natives get along without expensive jaeger cholera belts.

    The Red Rugs of Tarsus Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • How maddening if, seeing that I was an unprotected man, they palmed off jaeger on me!

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Both of his sons had been killed in the war, he told us, fighting bravely with their jaeger battalion.

  • Patsy could just see the jaeger's teeth bared in a permanent grin.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • jaeger was the detective who haunted the boxes at the opera.

    The Magic Curtain Roy J. Snell
  • You would do well to let me go first,” Florence said to jaeger and the “lady cop.

    The Magic Curtain Roy J. Snell
  • One had but to be near Master jaeger for a time, and he could feel the power, just as I can feel it now.

    Indirection Everett B. Cole
  • But jaeger underclothing, and all flannels, last longer when washed at home.

    The Quiver 12/1899 Anonymous
  • Her hobby—for the most unbending of our race have their hobby—was jaeger clothing.

    The Rubicon E. F. Benson
British Dictionary definitions for 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 & 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
C18: from German Jäger hunter, from jagen to hunt; see yacht
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