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  1. any of several types of fighter aircraft extensively used by the German air force in World War II, especially the ME-109.
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Origin of Messerschmitt

1935–40; named after Willy Messerschmitt (1898–1978), German aircraft designer
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Historical Examples of messerschmitt

  • For an instant his eyes strayed to one of the Messerschmitt One-Tens.

    Dave Dawson with the Commandos

    R. Sidney Bowen

  • And as luck would have it, a Messerschmitt One-Ten was the ship nearest them.

  • Each Russian pilot seemed to know just which Messerschmitt he was to handle.

  • Too late the other Messerschmitt pilot saw what was headed his way.

  • That explained that lone Messerschmitt flirting about with the Wellington in the clouds.

British Dictionary definitions for messerschmitt


  1. Willy (ˈvɪli). 1898–1978, German aeronautical engineer. His military planes figured prominently in World War II, including the Me-262, the first jet fighter
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Word Origin and History for messerschmitt



type of German warplane, 1940, from name of Willy Messerschmitt (1898-1978), German aircraft designer. The surname is literally "cutler, knife-maker."

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