noun, often attributive
para·​res·​cue | \ ˈper-ə-ˌre-(ˌ)skyü How to pronounce pararescue (audio) , ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of pararescue

: a search and rescue mission by specially trained personnel who can parachute to the site a pararescue team

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Other Words from pararescue

pararescueman \ ˈper-​ə-​ˌre-​(ˌ)skyü-​ˌman How to pronounce pararescueman (audio) , -​mən , ˈpa-​rə-​ \ noun
pararescuer \ ˈper-​ə-​ˌre-​(ˌ)skyü-​ər How to pronounce pararescuer (audio) , ˈpa-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of pararescue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Casualties would’ve been much higher that day without William H. Pitsenbarger, a U.S. Air Force pararescue medic who saved more than 60 men in the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division. Matt Wake |, al, "How Alabama vets helped shape a Samuel L. Jackson movie," 25 Feb. 2020 Think of pararescue operators who leap out of aircraft or tactical controllers who call in close air support. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 If a mission goes according to plan, an Air Force pararescue airman doesn't have much to do. Noah Davis, Popular Mechanics, "Tough Jobs: Battlefield Pararescue Airman," 23 Oct. 2015 It had even dangled in a rucksack from the feet of an Air Force pararescue member during a training jump. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek-based Eder Flag repairs treasured American flag damaged in Afghanistan," 13 July 2018 The first team selected includes Reyes along with a Navy SEAL, a Green Beret medic, a second Recon Marine, a British Royal Marine Commando and Air Force pararescue jumper Roger Sparks, who received a Silver Star in 2012. Erika I. Ritchie, Orange County Register, "Force Blue gives veterans a new mission: Save coral reefs," 1 Mar. 2017 In high school in San Antonio there was a guy who lived on my street who went through the pararescue course. National Geographic, "Injured Behind Enemy Lines, This Guy Is Your Best Friend," 18 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of pararescue

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Pararescue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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