Dictionary.com

pilot

[ pahy-luht ]
/ ˈpaɪ lət /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: pilot / piloted / piloting on Thesaurus.com

noun
verb (used with object)
adjective
serving as an experimental or trial undertaking prior to full-scale operation or use: a pilot project.
QUIZ
TAKE JOY IN ACING THIS QUIZ ON “PRIDE” SYNONYMS
Hold your head up high as you embark on this quiz that explores some of the synonyms and meanings of “pride.”
Question 1 of 7
What does "dignity" mean?

Origin of pilot

First recorded in 1520–30; earlier pylotte, from Middle French pillotte, from Italian pilota, dissimilated variant of pedota, from unattested Medieval Greek pēdṓtēs “steersman,” equivalent to pēd(á) “rudder” (plural of pēdón “oar”) + -ōtēs agent suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM pilot

un·pi·lot·ed, adjectivewell-pi·lot·ed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use pilot in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pilot

pilot
/ (ˈpaɪlət) /

noun
verb (tr)

Word Origin for pilot

C16: from French pilote, from Medieval Latin pilotus, ultimately from Greek pēdon oar; related to Greek pous foot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK