troop·​er | \ ˈtrü-pər How to pronounce trooper (audio) \

Definition of trooper

1a(1) : an enlisted cavalryman
(2) : the horse of a cavalryman
c : soldier
2a : a mounted police officer
b : a state police officer

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Examples of trooper in a Sentence

a moving Memorial Day service honoring our fallen troopers

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The three people were in a 2004 Mitsubishi Montero shortly before midnight, when the right side front bumper of a 2020 Freightliner Cascadia struck the left side rear bumper of their SUV, according to a trooper crash report. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Three Aurora residents killed in crash outside St. Louis," 9 June 2019 The New York State Police said its troopers were also assisting. Michael Gold, New York Times, "West Point Accident Kills Cadet and Injures 22 Others," 6 June 2019 In Alaska, there is approximately one state trooper for every million acres. Rebecca Nagle, Teen Vogue, "The Violence Against Women Act Doesn't Include the Majority of Alaska Native Women," 29 Nov. 2018 In remote areas, troopers can be called in to help. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Passenger dies on Alaska Railroad train," 10 June 2018 Maryland state troopers and local sheriff’s deputies were called to the Victor Cullen Center in Frederick County about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. — Sarah Larimer, Washington Post, "Local Digest: Two stabbings in D.C.; Md. man dies after car struck tree," 8 Apr. 2018 According to state police, troopers were called to investigate the single vehicle crash on 1-10 west of Louisiana 73 in Ascension Parish that took the life of the driver. Maria Clark,, "Unidentified body found in trash fire in New Orleans East: NOFD," 7 Jan. 2018 Sexton said to them before state troopers escorted the women out of the hearing. Tyler Kingkade, Teen Vogue, "Tennessee Women Are Protesting David Byrd, the Lawmaker Accused of Molesting Teen Girls," 23 May 2019 Two state troopers were handcuffing two lanky, bedraggled guys and had them leaning over the side of their rusted out Dodge Aspen, while two German shepherds sniffed the vehicle. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of trooper

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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English Language Learners Definition of trooper

: a low-ranking soldier
US : a state police officer


troop·​er | \ ˈtrü-pər How to pronounce trooper (audio) \

Kids Definition of trooper

1 : a soldier in a cavalry unit
2 : a state police officer

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