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aeroplane

[air-uh-pleyn]
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noun Chiefly British.
  1. airplane.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for aeroplane

aeroplane

US and Canadian airplane (ˈɛəˌpleɪn)

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

C19: from French aéroplane, from aero- + Greek -planos wandering, related to planet
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Word Origin and History for aeroplane

n.

1866, from French aéroplane (1855), from Greek aero- "air" (see air (n.1)) + stem of French planer "to soar," from Latin planus "level, flat" (see plane (n.1)). Originally in reference to surfaces (such as the protective shell casings of beetles' wings); meaning "heavier than air flying machine" first attested 1873, probably an independent English coinage (see airplane).

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