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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Gantz, 59, was a paratrooper who rose up the ranks to head special operations units and other various commands before serving as military attache to the United States and ultimately becoming Israel’s 20th military chief from 2011-2015. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israeli ex-army chief launches campaign to replace Netanyahu," 29 Jan. 2019 But news reports showing the rescued students profusely thanking U.S. paratroopers and Marines undermined these claims. Otto Reich, WSJ, "The Day the Evil Empire Retreated," 24 Oct. 2018 Richard Ojeda is a retired Army paratrooper with combat medals, 26 tattoos and a 300-pound bench press — no ordinary candidate for Congress. Washington Post, "Ink and iron: Stereotype-defying candidate aims to flip seat," 15 June 2018 He’s considered a populist leftist and, as a tattooed former paratrooper, will be an interesting candidate to watch. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Everybody Running for President in 2020," 18 Jan. 2019 Brazil President-elect Jair Bolsonaro attends the graduation of new paratroopers at the Parachute Infantry Battalion in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. WSJ, "The Standout Markets in a Tough Year," 25 Nov. 2018 And there were also posts that revealed that about 40 Russian paratroopers had been killed in action in Ukraine. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "After many opsec fails, Russia seeks to ban soldier social media spoilers," 12 Sep. 2018 Some were related to his work as an infantryman and paratrooper. Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, "Imperfect answers: A JBER soldier was killed in action, and his parents ask why," 27 May 2018 Just over 1,700 British paratroopers were evacuated on Sept. 26. Daniel Todman, WSJ, "‘The Battle of Arnhem’ Review: The Dutch Dead End," 15 Oct. 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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