para·​troop·​er | \ ˈper-ə-ˌtrü-pər How to pronounce paratrooper (audio) , ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of paratrooper

: a member of the paratroops

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For example, the memorable scene, shown above of a paratrooper’s parachute getting caught on the pinnacle of a French church; Pvt. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "What’s the Most Accurate D-Day Movie? Here’s What 3 Movies Got Right—and Wrong," 5 June 2019 Some paratroopers even landed in water or marshes and drowned. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Return of 'That’s All, Brother': The Plane That Led the D-Day Invasion," 4 June 2019 In 1944, during World War II, Allied paratroopers launched Operation Market Garden, landing behind German lines in the Netherlands., "Today in history: September 17," 16 Sep. 2019 In addition to being police chief and ex-paratrooper, Reed was described as a wrestling coach, city manager, police chief, school board trustee and good friend. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Texas police chief's body found after being knocked overboard by large wave," 10 June 2019 Between his years as an undergraduate, John served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper., "John Anthony Herbst," 9 June 2019 A week later, he's been rescued Reed, a retired army paratrooper, also served on the school board of Clear Creek Independent School District and formerly worked as a city manager, Houston TV station KPRC reported. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Body of Texas Police Chief Chris Reed who fell overboard from fishing boat found near Texas City Dike," 9 June 2019 The front page carried news about an anti-Vietnam protest, the death of U.S. paratroopers in Vietnam, and a local fatal car crash. Camille Von Kaenel, The Mercury News, "Forgotten Paradise time capsule unearthed in Camp Fire debris removal," 31 July 2019 His father was part of the WW2 Belgian Underground, a decorated paratrooper on loan to the British Secret Intelligence Service., "Michael Anthony Joakim," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of paratrooper

1927, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of paratrooper

: a member of a group of soldiers who are trained to jump out of airplanes using a parachute


para·​troop·​er | \ ˈper-ə-ˌtrü-pər How to pronounce paratrooper (audio) \

Kids Definition of paratrooper

: a soldier trained and equipped to parachute from an airplane

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