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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In addition to family and friends, the bleachers in the Waterloo High School gym were filled with uniformed troopers and officers from other police agencies., "Mourners remember Illinois state trooper who was fatally shot while serving warrant," 1 Sep. 2019 Police officers and state troopers warded drivers off the highways as businesses across the two cities shut their doors. New York Times, "Texas Shooting Leaves 5 Dead and At Least 21 Injured Near Odessa," 31 Aug. 2019 Panicked fair attendees mobbed to exits, and videos showed officers and troopers trying to control the situation. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Police considering charges against teen who may have shot a gun at the Kentucky State Fair," 19 Aug. 2019 Maryland State Police criminal investigators, along with Westminster barrack troopers and investigators are currently at the home continuing with the investigation. Mary Grace Keller,, "State police seeking man who allegedly brandished weapon during Sykesville home invasion," 19 Aug. 2019 Hours later, Sanderson, surrendered to the Arkansas State Police troopers and federal marshals after being located around the Ozark National Forest near Pelsor, according to the Associated Press. Fox News, "2 jail officials fired after Arkansas escape of white supremacist gang leader, other inmate, police say," 8 Aug. 2019 The pickup drove off from the crash scene immediately but was later pulled over by state trooper and Itasca County sheriff’s deputies. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Pickup veers into shoulder of northern Minnesota road, killing toddler in stroller," 2 Aug. 2019 Deputies, with help from Georgia state troopers and Gainesville and Gwinnett County police, were searching for multiple suspects Monday morning, the sheriff's office said. NBC News, "Sheriff's deputy in Hall County, Georgia, killed in shootout," 8 July 2019 The demonstrators only made it as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge before state troopers and local lawmen used clubs and tear gas to physically beat them back. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "NPR Identifies Fourth Attacker in Infamous Civil Rights Murder," 19 June 2019

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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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