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

Definition of paratrooper

: a member of the paratroops

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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 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 But jumping out of a plane carrying a five-foot-tall missile is no easy task, and the paratroopers aren't accustomed to jumping with such sizable weaponry. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Paratroopers Are Training to Jump With Surface-To-Air Missiles," 14 Aug. 2018 Scattered across miles of the Cotentin Peninsula, the paratroopers used clickers and prearranged passwords to find each other in the dark and go about their missions. John Wilkens,, "D-Day paratrooper from Coronado will jump again in France — at age 96," 6 June 2018 The Republican candidates are state Sen. Scott Wagner; litigation attorney Laura Ellsworth; and a former paratrooper and consultant Paul Mango. Jen Kirby, Vox, "A quick guide to May 15 primaries in Pennsylvania, Idaho, Nebraska, and Oregon," 15 May 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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