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paratrooper

[par-uh-troo-per]
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noun
  1. a member of a military infantry unit trained to attack or land in combat areas by parachuting from airplanes.
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Origin of paratrooper

First recorded in 1940–45; para-3 + trooper
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Related Words for paratrooper

fighter, mercenary, guerrilla, veteran, guard, officer, volunteer, marine, pilot, paratrooper, trooper, commando, warrior, cadet, infantry, recruit, private, gunner, scout, rank

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Word Origin and History for paratrooper

n.

1941, from parachute + trooper. The collective noun paratroops is first recorded 1940. Earliest reference is to the German invaders who were expected to drop on England.

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