Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for aviator
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for aviator

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for aviator

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for aviator