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

Definition of trooper

1a(1) : an enlisted cavalryman
(2) : the horse of a cavalryman
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
Recent Examples on the Web Seconds later, a state trooper brought a truncheon down on Lewis, fracturing his skull. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "The Ongoing Struggle of John Lewis," 30 Dec. 2019 The truck hit a Texas state trooper and pinned another driver inside a pickup truck. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Video captures truck losing control at foggy Texas accident scene, leaving 2 hurt," 27 Dec. 2019 According to the incident report, Davis was driving a 2016 Jeep Renegade when he was stopped by a state trooper at 2:55 a.m. on Oct. 26 at Interstate 94 and Dale Street in St. Paul after being clocked on radar going 81 mph in a 55-mph zone. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings WR Davion Davis remorseful about arrest on suspicion of DWI," 27 Dec. 2019 However, when Casey and two others attempted to live-stream the Commission on Facebook, a state trooper escorted them from the room and a PSC staffer took their phones until the meeting was over. al, "The Alabama PSC kicked her out for live-streaming. Now she’s suing.," 14 Dec. 2019 According to emergency scanner traffic, the helicopter was found by a Minnesota State Patrol trooper . Anna Haecherl, USA TODAY, "Black Hawk helicopter crashes after takeoff in Minnesota, killing three National Guardsmen," 7 Dec. 2019 Republican lawmakers held a news conference Thursday to discuss the audit, which was requested by state Rep Mitch Bolinsky, R-Newtown, who had heard from a state trooper that had been denied benefits from the fund. Russell Blair,, "Capitol Week in Review: Lamont wants vote this month on tolls," 6 Dec. 2019 Evans' attorney sought a sentence of 1½-to-3-years in prison for Evans latest offense, according to the Times Herald, arguing the new crime had nothing to do with his previous role as a state trooper. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, ""Predator" ex-trooper, on parole for sex abuse, sent back to jail after molesting another teen," 5 Dec. 2019 Seriously, this guy is such a trooper for even attending the event. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Why Noah Centineo Didn’t Walk the 2019 People’s Choice Award Red Carpet," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of trooper

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

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The first known use of trooper was in 1640

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trooper.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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