[ ey-vee-ey-shuh n, av-ee- ]
/ ˌeɪ viˈeɪ ʃən, ˌæv i- /


the design, development, production, operation, and use of aircraft, especially heavier-than-air aircraft.
military aircraft.

Origin of aviation

From French, dating back to 1865–70; see origin at avi-, -ation
Related formsa·vi·at·ic [ey-vee-at-ik, av-ee-] /ˌeɪ viˈæt ɪk, ˌæv i-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for aviation


/ (ˌeɪvɪˈeɪʃən) /


  1. the art or science of flying aircraft
  2. the design, production, and maintenance of aircraft
US military aircraft collectively

Word Origin for aviation

C19: from French, from Latin avis bird
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Word Origin and History for aviation



1866, from French aviation, noun of action from stem of Latin avis "bird" (see aviary). Coined 1863 by French aviation pioneer Guillaume Joseph Gabriel de La Landelle (1812-1886) in "Aviation ou Navigation aérienne."

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