Definition of paratroops in English:

paratroops

Line breaks: para|troops
Pronunciation: /ˈparətruːps
 
/

noun

  • Troops trained and equipped to be dropped by parachute from aircraft: (as modifier usually paratroop) a paratroop regiment
    More example sentences
    • They will begin with a parachute drop by modern-day paratroops and 10 veterans of the battle over Ginkel Heath, about eight miles from Arnhem, where the original drops were made.
    • Back on June 6, hours before the main D-Day assault force stormed the beaches, a misplaced parachute drop had deposited his paratroop regiment far from the 5,000-ship Allied armada poised off Normandy's beaches.
    • Bernadette was addressing the crowds in Derry on 31 January 1972 when the British army's paratroop regiment opened fire on protesters.

Origin

1940s: from an abbreviation of parachute + troops (plural of troop).

More definitions of paratroops

Definition of paratroops in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody