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  1. the act or technique of writing against the sky with chemically produced smoke released from a maneuvering airplane.
  2. the words, letters, designs, etc., so traced.

Origin of skywriting

First recorded in 1920–25; sky + writing


verb (used without object), sky·wrote, sky·writ·ten, sky·writ·ing.
  1. to engage in skywriting.
verb (used with object), sky·wrote, sky·writ·ten, sky·writ·ing.
  1. to produce (a message, advertisement, etc.) by skywriting.

Origin of skywrite

First recorded in 1925–30; sky + write
Related formssky·writ·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for skywriting


  1. the forming of words in the sky by the release of smoke or vapour from an aircraft
  2. the words so formed
Derived Formsskywriter, noun
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