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aviator

[ey-vee-ey-ter, av-ee-] /ˈeɪ viˌeɪ tər, ˈæv i-/
noun
1.
a pilot of an airplane or other heavier-than-air aircraft.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; avi- + -ator, modeled on French aviateur
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Examples from the web for aviator
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for aviator

aviator

/ˈeɪvɪˌeɪtə/
noun
1.
(old-fashioned) the pilot of an aeroplane or airship; flyer
Derived Forms
aviatrix, aviatress, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for aviator
n.

"aircraft pilot," 1887, from French aviateur, from Latin avis (see aviary) + -ateur. Also used c.1891 in a sense of "aircraft." Feminine form aviatrix is from 1927; earlier aviatrice (1910), aviatress (1911).

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