jae·​ger ˈyā-gər How to pronounce jaeger (audio)
 sense 2 also  ˈjā-
: one attending a person of rank or wealth and wearing hunter's costume
: any of several large dark-colored birds (genus Stercorarius) of northern seas that are related to the skua, are strong fliers, and tend to harass weaker birds until they drop or disgorge their prey

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps the most obscure units are the three jaeger brigades, each with around 2,000 troops. David Axe, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2022 Late in the film, the jaeger Striker Eureka sacrifices itself to destroy two circling kaijus. Kyle Hill, Discover Magazine, 25 July 2013 Either limit puts the jaeger-carrying kaiju squarely in the stratosphere. Kyle Hill, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2013 The war has untethered the jaeger brigades from the geography that originally justified their formation. David Axe, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2022 Even so, the jaeger bomb isn’t anything to mess with. Kyle Hill, Discover Magazine, 25 July 2013 Options include jaeger schnitzel, pork cutlet medallions with sweet apple sauerkraut, dumpling and hunter gravy; and wiener schnitzel. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Sep. 2021 There was a Wilson’s snipe at the North Shore Community Gardens in Middleton, two pomarine jaegers at Jeffrey’s Ledge along with 42 common murres and 10 Atlantic puffins. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Jan. 2020 Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a royal tern, 5 parasitic jaegers, 1,100 laughing gulls, 2 least terns, 175 roseate terns, 2,800 common terns, 4 species of shearwater, and 2 common ravens. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


German Jäger

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of jaeger was in 1781

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“Jaeger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jaeger. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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