a passenger aircraft operated by an airline.

Origin of airliner

First recorded in 1905–10; air1 + liner1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for airliner

Contemporary Examples of airliner

Historical Examples of airliner

  • An airliner he had been riding in had made a forced landing, had nosed over pretty hard, and had banged him up a little.

    Test Pilot

    David Goodger (

  • "Kidnap plot linked to airliner crash killing fifty," she read.

    The Mississippi Saucer

    Frank Belknap Long

  • If a New Guinea savage wants to take passage aboard a Qantas airliner, what is the fare in cowrie shells?

    A World by the Tale

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for airliner



a large passenger aircraft
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