Definition of laager in English:

laager

Line breaks: laa¦ger
Pronunciation: /ˈlɑːgə
 
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noun

  • 1South African historical An encampment formed by a circle of wagons.
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    • They had captured the Boer laagers and set their ammunition dump alight.
    • Every morning my brother and I had our horses fetched from the grazing-ground and rode out to visit neighbouring camps and laagers, eager to see all that we could.
    • His armies were infantry and dragoon based, using wagon laagers mounted with light cannons to protect against cavalry charges.
  • 2An entrenched position or viewpoint that is defended against opponents: an educational laager, isolated from the outside world
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    • What is instead being dangled in front of Ulster's Unionists is a retreat into the laager.
    • Johannesburg is rapidly being surrounded by a laager of Eurotrash casinos.
    • He has returned to the laager, and chosen to travel the conservative route.

verb

[with object] South African historical Back to top  
  • 1Form (vehicles) into a laager: Van Rensburg’s wagons were not laagered, but scattered about
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    • It was simply impossible to observe, even though we laagered several vehicles to shield us from the wind.
  • 1.1 [no object] Make camp: the troops crossed the river to laager for the night
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    • Chelmsford deliberately did not entrench or laager, determined to show that his troops could face Zulus in the open.
    • The Mediterranean was sighted for the first time and we laagered on the edge of the Sinai desert.
    • But by dusk both Divisions had crossed, and laagered that night 2 miles north of the Amatikulu.

Origin

South African Dutch, from Dutch leger, lager 'camp'. Compare with lager, lair1, and leaguer2.

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