[ pahy-luh-tij ]
See synonyms for pilotage on Thesaurus.com
  1. the act, occupation, or skill of piloting.

  2. the fee paid to a pilot for their services.

  1. the process of directing the movement of a ship or aircraft by visual or electronic observations of recognizable landmarks.

Origin of pilotage

From French, dating back to 1610–20; see origin at pilot, -age

Words Nearby pilotage

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How to use pilotage in a sentence

  • It was nervous work for a ship-master to carry his vessel on a coast, under such pilotage as this.

    Miles Wallingford | James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for pilotage


/ (ˈpaɪlətɪdʒ) /

  1. the act of piloting an aircraft or ship

  2. a pilot's fee

  1. the navigation of an aircraft by the observation of ground features and use of charts

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