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.

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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Related Words for hangar

shelter, garage, shed, barracks

Examples from the Web for hangar

Contemporary Examples of hangar

Historical Examples of hangar

  • "Bounce our bombs right into the open end of the hangar," Stan said, grinning.

  • "Must leave for the hangar at once," declared Hart, returning from the telephone.

  • The last words were lost in an explosion which seemed to lift the roof off the hangar.

    Fort Amity

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Meanwhile Kennedy took charge of the hangar where the injured machine was.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • "I'm glad to say you had no confederate in the hangar here," continued Craig.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

British Dictionary definitions for hangar



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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