para·​chut·​ist | \ ˈper-ə-ˌshü-tist How to pronounce parachutist (audio) , ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of parachutist

: one that parachutes: such as
b : a person who parachutes as a sport

Examples of parachutist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ultimate learn-by-doing experience might be a lesson from Japanese parachutist Yasuhiro Kubo, who holds the world record in the activity's banzai category. Dan Koeppel, Popular Mechanics, "Taking a Fall: The 120-MPH, 35,000 Feet, 3-Minutes-To-Impact Survival Guide," 14 Feb. 2021 His awards included the Military Freefall Parachutist Badge and the Senior Parachutists Badge, the latter of which is given to expert parachutists who have completed multiple jumps. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Army special operations soldier killed during free-fall training in Arizona," 15 Jan. 2020 Rice and other parachutists risked their lives parachuting into the region before the sea invasion, entering into battles and heavy fire. Madeline Fitzgerald, Time, "'It Went Perfect.' A 97-Year-Old D-Day Veteran Just Parachuted Into Normandy — Again," 5 June 2019 Skip to main content Two parachutists free-falling at 120 mph in the United Kingdom had a near miss with two U.S. fighter jets that zoomed below them, a report of the incident says. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Two parachutists were free-falling — then US fighter jets flew below them, report says," 12 Sep. 2019 Goodman was a Green Beret who was awarded the master military free-fall parachutist badge for his expertise in high-altitude jumps. Russ Read, Washington Examiner, "Army says 20 soldiers died in training accidents over the past year," 18 Jan. 2020 Free falling is when parachutists jump from an aircraft and delay opening their parachutes. CBS News, "U.S. soldier killed in parachute training exercise in Arizona, Army says," 15 Jan. 2020 Residents on the ground of Phatthalung Province spotted the parachutist, identified as 28-year-old Johannes Grasser, stuck on the Khao Ok Thalu mountainside at about 8:30 a.m. Fox News, "BASE jumper rescued from Thai cliff after parachute gets caught, left dangling for hours," 13 Jan. 2020 The report says all 14 parachutists on board jumped to safety during the second spinning event, which lasted nine rotations. Washington Post, "The Latest: Man who videotaped skydivers was on the plane," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of parachutist

1888, in the meaning defined above

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24 Feb 2021

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“Parachutist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parachutist

: a person who jumps from an aircraft and uses a parachute to land

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