troop·er | \ˈtrü-pər \

Definition of trooper 

1a(1) : an enlisted cavalryman

(2) : the horse of a cavalryman

b : paratrooper

c : soldier

2a : a mounted police officer

b : a state police officer

Examples of trooper in a Sentence

a moving Memorial Day service honoring our fallen troopers

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Michigan State trooper Frederick Hardy was killed in the line of duty. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "A daughter of Detroit defies odds, takes car industry into the future," 13 July 2018 On Sunday, troopers stopped a red Nissan Altima driven by Gloria Lopez, 25, along with passenger, Lizabeth Morales, 19. Sarah Brookbank,, "2 arrested in Indian Hill, suspected of trafficking 2 kilos of heroin," 11 July 2018 State troopers stopped the pickup truck on Route 6 in Coventry, and the pair was arrested. Christine Dempsey,, "Willimantic Police: Man-Woman Team Arrested After Bank Robbery, Chase," 21 June 2018 Joshua Michael Gonzalez, 25, was driving a 2018 Hyundai Sante Fe recklessly while traveling south on S.R. 417 at about 8:30 p.m. when troopers stopped him, Lt. Stephen Ruiz,, "Orlando man arrested after fleeing troopers, hiding in abandoned house, FHP says," 11 May 2018 Also on Saturday, state troopers stopped a car on Highway 171 just north of Gays Mills. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "35-year-old crashed his car and fled the scene before being arrested for his 4th OWI offense," 21 Jan. 2018 The image of a black pastor standing toe-to-toe, nose-to-nose with a white trooper who was acting under orders to stop a protest was jarring, especially since Barber's effort is an extension of the civil rights battles of the 1960s. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky State Police stomp on inalienable rights of protesters at Capitol," 5 June 2018 State Police troopers and deputies on the Douglas Count Sheriff's Office search and rescue team began a search for Chapin Friday. Gordon R. Friedman,, "Missing Florida motorcyclist found alive in Oregon wilderness," 4 June 2018 Back home, Garcia named his daughter Amaya after his friend and serves as an Illinois State Police trooper. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Crete marks Memorial Day with service, parade," 28 May 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

: a state police officer


troop·er | \ˈtrü-pər \

Kids Definition of trooper

1 : a soldier in a cavalry unit

2 : a state police officer

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