plural noun
para·​troops | \ ˈper-ə-ˌtrüps How to pronounce paratroops (audio) , ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of paratroops

: troops trained and equipped to parachute from an airplane

Other Words from paratroops

paratroop \ ˈper-​ə-​ˌtrüp How to pronounce paratroops (audio) , ˈpa-​rə-​ \ adjective

Examples of paratroops in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No British attempt was made to land men simultaneously on the south bank of the Rhine, nearest the Allied lines, and the paratroops failed in their own attempts to cross the bridge under fire. Max Hastings, The New York Review of Books, 28 May 2020

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First Known Use of paratroops

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paratroops

para- entry 2

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“Paratroops.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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