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.

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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