para·​troop·​er | \ˈper-ə-ˌtrü-pər, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of paratrooper 

: a member of the paratroops

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For a handful of spine-tingling minutes Thursday, 770 paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division hurled themselves out of five C-17 cargo planes at 1,000 feet, like a swarm of birds, toward a cheering crowd of 10,000 people. New York Times,, "Fort Bragg event showcases military is ways a parade cannot," 27 May 2018 Some were related to his work as an infantryman and paratrooper. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, "A son was killed in action and his parents ask why," 25 May 2018 Another 4,000 soldiers and crew later arrived in 500 gliders — towed by C-47s — to reinforce the paratroopers. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Surviving Doolittle Raider flies on restored D-Day plane," 6 June 2018 The Israel Defense Force completed significant battle training exercises, with Israeli paratroopers conducting drills on Polish soil for the first time ever and the Israeli Air Force working on its long-range capabilities in Greece. Yaakov Lappin, Jewish Journal, "Israeli paratroopers conduct training drills on Polish soil," 26 June 2018 Colbert said in a press release Thursday that Rackstraw served in two of Sherwood’s units, has Special Forces paratrooper training, is an explosives expert and is a pilot with nearly two dozen aliases. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "DB Cooper letter reveals hijacker's true identity, sleuths claim," 29 June 2018 He's survived two tours in Iraq as a paratrooper (which required jumping out of planes and helicopters from seriously scary heights) and is currently a single parent to his six-year-old daughter, Avery. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This Vet Overcomes His Severe Stutter by Reading to His Daughter Every Night," 18 Nov. 2016 The 82nd and 101st Airborne are both paratrooper infantry, tasked with jumping out of planes and helicopters behind enemy lines. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This C-17 Drop an Endless Stream of Paratroopers," 1 Aug. 2016 An Army paratrooper from Milwaukee died unexpectedly at his military base in Italy on Friday. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Soldier from Milwaukee found dead in his barracks in Italy," 3 June 2018

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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


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Kids Definition of paratrooper

: a soldier trained and equipped to parachute from an airplane

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