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[air-uh-pleyn] /ˈɛər əˌpleɪn/
noun, Chiefly British
Origin of aeroplane
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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  • Smashed to pieces in an aeroplane, acting as a stretcher-bearer, or digging a trench.
  • 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.
  • They have even been seen to travel along aeroplane aisles in mid-flight.
  • Hundreds of them were employed by big companies that needed to do a lot of number-crunching, such as aeroplane manufacturers.
  • aeroplane cargo faces even tighter restrictions on shape and size, not to mention the need for runways.
  • In an aeroplane tyre that figure can be more than four-fifths.
  • Films and compact discs cost little to transport, even by aeroplane.
  • Simple chairs, for instance, become train carriages or aeroplane seats.
British Dictionary definitions for aeroplane


a heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wings
Word Origin
C19: from French aéroplane, from aero- + Greek -planos wandering, related to planet
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Word Origin and History for aeroplane

1866, from French aéroplane (1855), from Greek aero- "air" (see air (n.1)) + stem of French planer "to soar," from Latin planus "level, flat" (see plane (n.1)). Originally in reference to surfaces (such as the protective shell casings of beetles' wings); meaning "heavier than air flying machine" first attested 1873, probably an independent English coinage (see airplane).

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