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[ey-vee-ey-ter, av-ee-] /ˈeɪ viˌeɪ tər, ˈæv i-/
a pilot of an airplane or other heavier-than-air aircraft.
aviators, aviator glasses.
Origin of aviator
1885-90; < French aviateur. See aviation, -eur Unabridged
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  • What did it matter to her whether Urquhart qualified as an aviator or not?

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • He suggested nothing to Greene; the rest was decidedly up to the aviator.

  • The aviator went out with him, and when they were outside he slapped him on the back.

  • "I did understand that he was making the flight himself," said the aviator in surprise.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • There is a French aviator here, but he has not got his machine, so I am afraid there is no hope for me.

British Dictionary definitions for aviator


(old-fashioned) the pilot of an aeroplane or airship; flyer
Derived Forms
aviatrix, aviatress, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for aviator

"aircraft pilot," 1887, from French aviateur, from Latin avis (see aviary) + -ateur. Also used c.1891 in a sense of "aircraft." Feminine form aviatrix is from 1927; earlier aviatrice (1910), aviatress (1911).

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