[ air-uh-naw-tiks, -not-iks ]
/ ˌɛər əˈnɔ tɪks, -ˈnɒt ɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the science or art of flight.


Origin of aeronautics

1820–25; < New Latin aeronautica or French aéronautique; see aero-, nautical, -ics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aeronautics


/ (ˌɛərəˈnɔːtɪks) /


(functioning as singular) the study or practice of all aspects of flight through the air
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Word Origin and History for aeronautics



1824, from aeronautic (1784), from French aéronautique, from aéro- (see aero-) + nautique "of ships," from Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos (see nautical). Originally of balloons. Also see -ics. Aeronaut "balloonist" is from 1784.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for aeronautics


[ âr′ə-nôtĭks ]

The design, construction and operation of aircraft.
The scientific study of flight through the atmosphere.
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