aviator

[ ey-vee-ey-ter, av-ee- ]
/ ˈeɪ viˌeɪ tər, ˈæv i- /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. aviatic,
  2. aviation,
  3. aviation badge,
  4. aviation cadet,
  5. aviation medicine,
  6. aviator glasses,
  7. aviatrix,
  8. avicebron,
  9. avicebrón,
  10. avicenna

Origin of aviator

1885–90; < French aviateur. See aviation, -eur

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British Dictionary definitions for aviator

aviator

/ (ˈeɪvɪˌeɪtə) /

noun

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

aviator

n.

"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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