paratrooper

[par-uh-troo-per]

noun

a member of a military infantry unit trained to attack or land in combat areas by parachuting from airplanes.

Origin of paratrooper

First recorded in 1940–45; para-3 + trooper
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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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