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
Recent Examples on the Web The trooper fatally shot a man who threatened the officers with a box cutter. Dave Collins, Star Tribune, "Dad of Connecticut teen killed by police sues officer, town," 19 Feb. 2021 The trooper then shot Burns, the Sheriff’s Office said. oregonlive, "Astoria woman shot and killed by state trooper after breaking into home, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office says," 30 Dec. 2020 On June 8, an Oregon State Police trooper in the eastern end of the state — more than 300 miles from Portland — cited Reinoehl and his then-17-year-old son, Deaven, for racing in the middle of the night on Interstate 84. Bryan Denson, ProPublica, "When the Political Divide Turned Deadly in Portland," 5 Nov. 2020 After some type of struggle, the trooper shot Johnson, police said. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "'We have a lot of unanswered questions': Dion Johnson's family calls for FBI, Department of Justice to investigate his death," 5 June 2020 After Atlanta police requested assistance from the Georgia State Patrol, an Atlanta officer and GSP trooper Brandon Byrd together attempted to stop Smyrna. Henri Hollis, ajc, "DeKalb DA decides not to prosecute state trooper who shot, killed man in Edgewood," 12 Feb. 2021 Anyone licensed to carry guns in Texas can tote them anywhere inside the Texas Capitol by showing their permit to a Department of Public Safety trooper at the Capitol entrance. New York Times, "In Michigan, a Dress Rehearsal for the Chaos at the Capitol on Wednesday," 9 Jan. 2021 Police refused to release the name and age of the trooper on Sunday. Jessica Williams | Staff Writer,, "State police investigate trooper who fired gun while chasing speeding driver in St. John the Baptist Parish," 20 Dec. 2020 An officer with the Houston Police Department and a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety – both in uniform – responded and began looking for the man. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Houston man shot by police after charging at officer with knife," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of trooper

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

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6 Mar 2021

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“Trooper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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