[ air-uh-pleyn ]
/ ˈɛər əˌpleɪn /

noun Chiefly British.

Nearby words

  1. aerophone,
  2. aerophore,
  3. aerophoto,
  4. aerophyte,
  5. aeropiesotherapy,
  6. aeroplane cloth,
  7. aeroplane spin,
  8. aeroponics,
  9. aeropulse,
  10. aeroscepsy

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aeroplane


US and Canadian airplane (ˈɛəˌpleɪn)

/ (ˈɛərəˌpleɪn) /


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

Word Origin for aeroplane

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

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Word Origin and History 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).

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