I want to go to university and become a pilot—I want to fly airplanes.
Not long after the Dutch nuptial-nullifying company started gaining publicity, a pilot for a reality show called—what else?
Medicare's pilot programs, into which much hope had been poured, turned out to mostly be a bust.
The FBI were enlisted to investigate the background of Captain Shah, the pilot.
But he described the “very personal insults” directed at the two air hostesses and pilot “as nothing short of reprehensible.”
You will get a pilot from Col. Nixon's regt to direct them thither.
And with that he turned to the pilot house, where the rest of the men were grouped.
Is that red-and-yellow flag the prearranged signal agreed upon for our identification by the pilot and the people on shore?
I was out in my boat looking for any craft that wanted a pilot, and I was close aboard of her.
For five dollars Joseph bought a safe, flat-bottom craft; also he engaged the owner as pilot.
1510s, "one who steers a ship," from Middle French pillote (16c.), from Italian piloto, supposed to be an alteration of Old Italian pedoto, which usually is said to be from Medieval Greek *pedotes "rudder, helmsman," from Greek pedon "steering oar," related to pous (genitive podos) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Change of -d- to -l- in Latin ("Sabine -l-") parallels that in odor/olfactory; see lachrymose.
Sense extended 1848 to "one who controls a balloon," and 1907 to "one who flies an airplane." As an adjective, 1788 as "pertaining to a pilot;" from 1928 as "serving as a prototype." Thus the noun pilot meaning "pilot episode" (etc.), attested from 1962. Pilot light is from 1890.