Etymology
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paratrooper (n.)

"soldier dropped by parachute into enemy territory," 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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Definitions of paratrooper

paratrooper (n.)
a soldier in the paratroops;
Synonyms: para
From wordnet.princeton.edu