Definition of laager in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɑːɡə/


1South African historical An encampment formed by a circle of wagons.
Example sentences
  • 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.


[with object] South African historical
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.


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

Words that rhyme with laager

Aga, Braga, dagga, dargah, lager, naga, Onondaga, raga, saga

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