noun Chiefly British.
- aeroplane cloth,
- aeroplane spin,
Origin of aeroplane
Examples from the Web for aeroplane
I do not recall what sort of aeroplane Mr. Hughes had at the time; however, it was quite comfortable, as I recall.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The lights are used both by the aeroplane and the battery of artillery.Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War|Frederick A. Talbot
Why the beggars in our own battery, when they see an aeroplane overhead in their excitement let fly.The Sequel|George A. Taylor
The airship, although in use before the aeroplane, has developed more slowly, and is even to-day in a crude form.The Aeroplane|Claude Grahame-White and Harry Harper
By the rules of the manoeuvres the Red aeroplane was out of action as soon as the Puck rose vertically above her.Round the World in Seven Days|Herbert Strang
The wing of the bird does a double duty: it is an aeroplane and a propeller combined.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out|Fred T. Hodgson
US and Canadian airplane (ˈɛəˌpleɪn)
Word Origin for aeroplane
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).