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 Police said the crash that occurred shortly before midnight in Arlington County sent a state trooper to the hospital. Washington Post, "Authorities looking for woman who fled scene after her car hit a Virginia State Police vehicle on I-66," 8 Nov. 2020 In 2015, Bland, a 28-year-old Black woman, was found dead in a Texas jailhouse three days after a confrontational traffic stop by a white state trooper. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Ice Cube is working with Trump and Black women are calling him out," 15 Oct. 2020 The protests have been inspired by the death of George Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer, and 28-year-old Dion Johnson, who was shot and killed by an Arizona state trooper on Memorial Day. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Residents of Phoenix neighborhood say police, not protesters, were problem on Sunday," 1 June 2020 The trooper was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries and released, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "State police: Drunken, wrong-way driver arrested after head-on collision with trooper," 23 Oct. 2020 Jennifer Liewer, a spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, said the Pinal County Attorney's Office will handle the boy's case as the trooper is married to an MCAO prosecutor causing a conflict of interest. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, "DPS still searching for second suspect involved in ambush shooting at trooper," 19 Sep. 2020 The trooper has been placed on non-disciplinary administrative leave, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Sabrina Solo,, "Deadly shooting off I-95 in Delray Beach prompts road closures along Atlantic Avenue," 8 Sep. 2020 The trooper has been placed on administrative leave. Washington Post, "Md. state trooper being dragged down interstate fatally shoots driver, officials say," 28 Aug. 2020 The Georgia State Patrol fired Jacob Gordon Thompson after the trooper was arrested Friday on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault in the death of 60-year-old Julian Lewis. Russ Bynum, Star Tribune, "Arrested state trooper says he shot driver fearing for life," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of trooper

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

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12 Nov 2020

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“Trooper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 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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