[ mon-uh-kohk, -kok ]
/ ˈmɒn əˌkoʊk, -ˌkɒk /


a type of boat, aircraft, or rocket construction in which the shell carries most of the stresses.
Automotive. a type of vehicular construction in which the body is combined with the chassis as a single unit.


of, relating to, or being a monocoque.

Nearby words

  1. monoclinic,
  2. monoclinous,
  3. monoclonal,
  4. monoclonal antibody,
  5. monoclonality,
  6. monocot,
  7. monocotyledon,
  8. monocotyledonous,
  9. monocracy,
  10. monocrat

Origin of monocoque

1910–15; < French, equivalent to mono- mono- + coque shell, eggshell (of uncertain origin) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monocoque


/ (ˈmɒnəˌkɒk) /


a type of aircraft fuselage, car body, etc, in which all or most of the loads are taken by the skin
a type of racing-car, racing-cycle, or powerboat design with no separate chassis and body


of or relating to the design characteristic of a monocoque

Word Origin for monocoque

C20: from French, from mono- + coque shell

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