Definition of aeroplane in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛːrəpleɪn/


A powered flying vehicle with fixed wings and a weight greater than that of the air it displaces.
Example sentences
  • They then went on to ransack a hangar belonging to the property, which houses an aeroplane, helicopter and car.
  • I am, of course, fully aware of the very significant differences between aeroplanes and helicopters.
  • Some sprays were even applied from the air, using aeroplanes or helicopters.


Late 19th century: from French aéroplane, from aéro- 'air' + Greek -planos 'wandering'.

  • An aeroplane is literally an ‘air wanderer’. Coined in the late 19th century, the word is from French aéro- ‘air’ and Greek -planos ‘wandering’, and so the short form plane has the less-than-reassuring meaning of ‘wanderer’. See also plain, planet

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