[ hang-er ]
/ ˈhæŋ ər /


a shed or shelter.
any relatively wide structure used for housing airplanes or airships.

verb (used with or without object)

to keep (an aircraft) in a hangar: She spent a fortune hangaring her plane.


Nearby words

  1. hang, hanged,
  2. hang-dog,
  3. hang-glider,
  4. hang-on,
  5. hang-up,
  6. hangbird,
  7. hangchow,
  8. hangdog,
  9. hanged,
  10. hanged for a sheep as a lamb, might as well be

Origin of hangar

1850–55; < French: shed, hangar, Middle French, probably < Old Low Franconian *haimgard fence around a group of buildings, equivalent to haim small village (see hamlet1) + gard yard2

Can be confusedhangar hanger

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British Dictionary definitions for hangar


/ (ˈhæŋə) /


a large workshop or building for storing and maintaining aircraft

Word Origin for hangar

C19: from French: shed, perhaps from Medieval Latin angārium shed used as a smithy, of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for hangar



1852, "shed for carriages," from French hangar "shed," probably from Middle French hanghart (14c.), perhaps an alteration of Middle Dutch *ham-gaerd "enclosure near a house" [Barnhart], or from Medieval Latin angarium "shed in which horses are shod" [Gamillscheg, Klein]. Sense of "covered shed for airplanes" first recorded in English 1902, from French use in that sense.

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