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[par-uh-troo-per] /ˈpær əˌtru pər/

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

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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