laa·​ger ˈlä-gər How to pronounce laager (audio)
South Africa : camp
especially : an encampment protected by a circle of wagons or armored vehicles
: a defensive position, policy, or attitude
laager intransitive verb

Word History


obsolete Afrikaans lager (now laer), from German Lager, from Old High German legar couch — more at lair

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of laager was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Laager.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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