[ air-pleyn ]
/ ˈɛərˌpleɪn /


a heavier-than-air aircraft kept aloft by the upward thrust exerted by the passing air on its fixed wings and driven by propellers, jet propulsion, etc.
any similar heavier-than-air aircraft, as a glider or helicopter.
Also especially British, aeroplane.

Origin of airplane

1870–75, for an earlier sense; alteration of aeroplane, with air1 replacing aero-

Related forms

pro·air·plane, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for airplane


/ (ˈɛəˌpleɪn) /


US and Canadian a heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wingsAlso called: aeroplane
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