noun Chiefly British.

1870–75; < French aéroplane, equivalent to aéro- aero- + -plane, apparently feminine of plan flat, level (< Latin plānus; cf. plain1), perhaps by association with forme plane; apparently coined and first used by French sculptor and inventor Joseph Pline in 1855 Unabridged
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aeroplane or (US and Canadian) airplane (ˈɛərəˌpleɪn, ˈɛəˌpleɪn)
a heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wings
[C19: from French aéroplane, from aero- + Greek -planos wandering, related to planet]
airplane or (US and Canadian) airplane
[C19: from French aéroplane, from aero- + Greek -planos wandering, related to planet]

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Word Origin & History

1866, from Fr. aéroplane (1855), from Gk. aero- "air" + stem of Fr. planer "to soar," from L. planus "level, flat" (see plane (1)). Originally in ref. to surfaces (such as the protective shell casings of beetles' wings); meaning "heavier than air flying machine" first
attested 1873, probably an independent Eng. coinage (see airplane).
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Example sentences
Smashed to pieces in an aeroplane, acting as a stretcher-bearer, or digging a
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together.
The idea of mounting the aeroplane upon runners and testing it upon the ice
  seems to be an excellent one.
All the same, if you're seeking the perfect aeroplane meal, it's best to stick
  to something with a particularly strong taste.
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