[ey-vee-ey-ter, av-ee-]


a pilot of an airplane or other heavier-than-air aircraft.
aviators, aviator glasses.

Origin of aviator

1885–90; < French aviateur. See aviation, -eur
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Related Words for aviator

navigator, flier, pilot, jockey, ace, eagle, hotshot, aeronaut, barnstormer

Examples from the Web for aviator

Contemporary Examples of aviator

Historical Examples of aviator

  • What did it matter to her whether Urquhart qualified as an aviator or not?

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • He suggested nothing to Greene; the rest was decidedly up to the aviator.

  • The aviator went out with him, and when they were outside he slapped him on the back.

  • "I did understand that he was making the flight himself," said the aviator in surprise.

    Jack O' Judgment

    Edgar Wallace

  • There is a French aviator here, but he has not got his machine, so I am afraid there is no hope for me.

British Dictionary definitions for aviator



old-fashioned the pilot of an aeroplane or airship; flyer
Derived Formsaviatrix or aviatress, fem n
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Word Origin and History for aviator

"aircraft pilot," 1887, from French aviateur, from Latin avis (see aviary) + -ateur. Also used c.1891 in a sense of "aircraft." Feminine form aviatrix is from 1927; earlier aviatrice (1910), aviatress (1911).

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