aero·plane | \ˈer-ə-ˌplān \

Definition of aeroplane 

chiefly British

Examples of aeroplane in a Sentence

an exhibit of a few of the aeroplanes that won the Battle of Britain

Recent Examples on the Web

Admiral Davidson described how once-obscure rocks controlled by China now bristle with radar arrays and electronic warfare kit and are studded with aeroplane hangars and bunkers. The Economist, "China has put missiles on islands in the South China Sea," 10 May 2018 Firms with the most to lose were the worst hit: the share price for Boeing, an aeroplane-maker and a big exporter to China, fell by nearly 5% on the news before regaining ground. The Economist, "Business this week," 5 Apr. 2018 An aeroplane approaching London City Airport passes the offices of HSBC. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "The Big Bank Growth Problem: It’s Hard to Move the Needle," 11 June 2018 His opponent in the coming election, Moussa Mustafa Moussa, chose an aeroplane. The Economist, "Egypt’s sham election features two candidates, but no choice," 22 Mar. 2018 The actual time aloft in the third and crowning test that demonstrated his theory that an aeroplane can compete with the sea-bird, was one minute and tweenty-one seconds., "Biplane flies," 27 Jan. 2018 But an aeroplane is simply an aviong, from the Portuguese avião rather than the German Flugzeug. The Economist, "Gialdo alertThe fight to save European dialects in Brazil," 1 Mar. 2018 On the 4th of May 1949, an aeroplane carrying the entire Torino team crashed into the Basilica of Superga in Turin., "World Cup Countdown: 17 Weeks to Go - How the Superga Air Disaster Changed the 1950 Tournament," 20 Feb. 2018 Only 3% of Indians have ever been on an aeroplane; only one in 45 owns a car or lorry. The Economist, "India’s missing middleIndia has a hole where its middle class should be," 13 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'aeroplane.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of aeroplane

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aeroplane

borrowed from French aéroplane, from aéro- aero- + -plane, probably from feminine of plan "flat, level," borrowed from Latin plānus — more at floor entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about aeroplane

Statistics for aeroplane

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for aeroplane

The first known use of aeroplane was in 1868

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on aeroplane

What made you want to look up aeroplane? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!