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

Definition of paratrooper

: a member of the paratroops

Examples of paratrooper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One 99-year-old paratrooper is still doing his part to serve the country. NBC News, "Biden gets to work while Trump shakes up Pentagon, plus an unbelievable hole-in-one," 11 Nov. 2020 His father, Richard, was a Navy paratrooper prior to his career in law enforcement. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Who is Mark Kelly? Things to know about Arizona's Democratic Senate candidate," 3 Nov. 2020 Officials have not confirmed whether the paratrooper is in the 82nd Airborne Division. Rachael Riley, USA TODAY, "Army investigating TikTok video of paratrooper jumping with Ocean Spray cranberry juice," 27 Oct. 2020 Ivanka Trump is serving as demographic paratrooper to white, suburban woman. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "A Debate Pledge to ‘Transition’ From Oil Puts Climate at Center of Campaign Finale," 23 Oct. 2020 Now out of the service on disability, his military career curtailed by injuries in paratrooper training, Mr. Hawes holds strongly to his identity as a veteran, talking with veterans’ groups and keeping up with retired service members over Facebook. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, "Voters Dread Election: ‘It’s Going to Be Hell No Matter What’," 6 Oct. 2020 But Rhodes, a former paratrooper, has rejected those labels. Washington Post, "Behind the armor: Men seek ‘purpose’ in protecting property despite charges of racism," 5 Oct. 2020 Staff Sergeant Jason Lowe was a paratrooper with the Elite 82nd Airborne. David Martin, CBS News, "Military report shows alarming 30% spike in suicides among active duty soldiers," 1 Oct. 2020 Bilateral military exercises that were planned before the August elections started earlier this month, with live-fire drills and paratrooper landings with 1,000 Russian troops. James Marson, WSJ, "Russia’s Embrace of Lukashenko Puts the West on Alert," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of paratrooper

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paratrooper was in 1927

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22 Nov 2020

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“Paratrooper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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