pilot

[ pahy-luht ]
/ ˈpaɪ lət /

noun

verb (used with object)

adjective

serving as an experimental or trial undertaking prior to full-scale operation or use: a pilot project.

Nearby words

  1. pilonidal sinus,
  2. pilos,
  3. pilose,
  4. pilosebaceous,
  5. pilosity,
  6. pilot balloon,
  7. pilot bird,
  8. pilot biscuit,
  9. pilot boat,
  10. pilot burner

Origin of pilot

1520–30; earlier pylotte < Middle French pillotte < Italian pilota, dissimilated variant of pedota < Medieval Greek *pēdṓtēs steersman, equivalent to pēd(á) rudder (plural of pēdón oar) + -ōtēs agent suffix

Related formsun·pi·lot·ed, adjectivewell-pi·lot·ed, adjective

Can be confusedPilate pilot

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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

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