[ adjective air-ee-uh l, ey-eer-ee-uh l; noun air-ee-uh l ]
/ adjective ˈɛər i əl, eɪˈɪər i əl; noun ˈɛər i əl /



a radio or television antenna.
Football. forward pass.

Nearby words

  1. aerator,
  2. aere perennius,
  3. aerenchyma,
  4. aeri-,
  5. aeria,
  6. aerial ladder,
  7. aerial mine,
  8. aerial perspective,
  9. aerial photograph,
  10. aerial pingpong

Origin of aerial

1595–1605; 1900–05 for def 11; < Latin āeri(us) of the air (< Greek āérios, equivalent to āer- (stem of āḗr air1) + -ios adj. suffix) + -al1

Related formsaer·i·al·ly, adverbaer·i·al·ness, nounsu·per·aer·i·al, adjectivesu·per·aer·i·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aerial


/ (ˈɛərɪəl) /



Also called: antenna the part of a radio or television system having any of various shapes, such as a dipole, Yagi, long-wire, or vertical aerial, by means of which radio waves are transmitted or received

Word Origin for aerial

C17: via Latin from Greek aērios, from aēr air

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