[ mes-er-shmit ]
/ ˈmɛs ərˌʃmɪt /


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

Origin of Messerschmitt

1935–40; named after Willy Messerschmitt (1898–1978), German aircraft designer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for messerschmitt


/ (German ˈmɛsərˌʃmɪt) /


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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