[ air-uh-pleyn ]
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nounChiefly British.

Origin of aeroplane

1870–75; <French aéroplane, equivalent to aéro-aero- + -plane, apparently feminine of plan flat, level (<Latin plānus;cf. plain1), perhaps by association with forme plane; apparently coined and first used by French sculptor and inventor Joseph Pline in 1855

Words Nearby aeroplane Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use aeroplane in a sentence

  • So far as can be seen by aeroplane scouting, this ridge is still unoccupied; certainly it is unentrenched.

  • A novelty for a window display is made of a model aeroplane flying by its own power.

British Dictionary definitions for aeroplane


US and Canadian airplane (ˈɛəˌpleɪn)

/ (ˈɛərəˌpleɪn) /

  1. a heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wings

Origin of aeroplane

C19: from French aéroplane, from aero- + Greek -planos wandering, related to planet

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