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paratroop

[par-uh-troop]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a paratrooper or a parachute unit: paratroop boots.
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noun
  1. paratrooper.
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Also sky·troop [skahy-troop] /ˈskaɪˌtrup/.

Origin of paratroop

First recorded in 1935–40; back formation from paratrooper
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Historical Examples of paratroops

  • On fields where paratroops are trained we have towers to jump from, but they cost a pile of money.

  • At the airport across the Chattahoochee River in Alabama, five battalions of paratroops were waiting assignment.

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    Kris Neville


British Dictionary definitions for paratroops

paratroops

pl n
  1. troops trained and equipped to be dropped by parachute into a battle areaAlso called: paratroopers, parachute troops
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Word Origin and History for paratroops

n.

1940, from parachute + plural of troop (n.).

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