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[ey-vee-ey-ter, av-ee-]
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  1. a pilot of an airplane or other heavier-than-air aircraft.
  2. aviators, aviator glasses.
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Origin of aviator

1885–90; < French aviateur. See aviation, -eur
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  • What did it matter to her whether Urquhart qualified as an aviator or not?

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

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

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

  • "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


  1. old-fashioned the pilot of an aeroplane or airship; flyer
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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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