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[hang-er] /ˈhæŋ ər/
a shed or shelter.
any relatively wide structure used for housing airplanes or airships.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to keep (an aircraft) in a hangar:
She spent a fortune hangaring her plane.
Origin of hangar
1850-55; < French: shed, hangar, Middle French, probably < Old Low Franconian *haimgard fence around a group of buildings, equivalent to haim small village (see hamlet) + gard yard2
Can be confused
hangar, hanger. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hangar
  • It's so large it's housed in a building the size of an aircraft hangar.
  • He said the plane struck a part of the hangar away from any workers and damaged a wall.
  • The barrels are then coated in resin and cured in an oven the size of a small hangar.
  • We work from the helicopter hangar on the upper deck.
  • Pacing, pacing, pacing-wearing out the hangar floor.
  • Then he would return to take us back to camp, pick up the ice core boxes and head back to the hangar.
  • It offers fashion shows in its cavernous hangar bay.
  • Beyond the small lobby, there's a hangar filled with full-size railroad equipment.
  • Employees signed secrecy agreements and worked inside a giant hangar until the night the video was made.
  • The plane shivered and taxied back to the hangar twice before takeoff.
British Dictionary definitions for hangar


a large workshop or building for storing and maintaining aircraft
Word Origin
C19: from French: shed, perhaps from Medieval Latin angārium shed used as a smithy, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for hangar

1852, "shed for carriages," from French hangar "shed," probably from Middle French hanghart (14c.), perhaps an alteration of Middle Dutch *ham-gaerd "enclosure near a house" [Barnhart], or from Medieval Latin angarium "shed in which horses are shod" [Gamillscheg, Klein]. Sense of "covered shed for airplanes" first recorded in English 1902, from French use in that sense.

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