aviator

[ey-vee-ey-ter, av-ee-]
noun
a pilot of an airplane or other heavier-than-air aircraft.

Origin:
1885–90; avi- + -ator, modeled on French aviateur

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aviator (ˈeɪvɪˌeɪtə)
 
n
old-fashioned the pilot of an aeroplane or airship; flyer
 
'aviatrix
 
fem n
 
'aviatress
 
fem n

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aviator
1887, "pilot," from Fr. aviateur, from L. avis (see aviary) + -ateur. Also used c.1891 in a sense of "aircraft." Fem. form aviatrix is from 1927; earlier aviatrice (1910), aviatress (1911).
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Example sentences
In this case, that means he dreams of flying--and wears an aviator hat and goggles to prove it.
Ordinarily, medevac flights take off with an older, experienced pilot in command and a younger aviator as co-pilot.
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