aero·​plane | \ ˈer-ə-ˌplān How to pronounce aeroplane (audio) \
plural aeroplanes

Definition of aeroplane

: airplane One day it may be possible to devise a way of keeping birds away from aeroplanes, although for the moment the best approach seems to be to keep aeroplanes away from birds.Nature A special airmail flight will be made on 6 August 1989 to commemorate the first aeroplane crossing of a major body of water in Australia by Captain Harry Butler.Australian Stamp Bulletin

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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 Successful flight in Mars’s thin atmosphere would earn the country that invented aeroplanes the additional honour of being first to fly an extraterrestrial aircraft. The Economist, "The World in 2020 The rush to Mars in 2020," 22 Dec. 2019 Intensive farms soak up scarce water and fly their produce around the world in aeroplanes that spew out carbon dioxide. The Economist, "The foody benefits of farming vertically," 29 Aug. 2019 One shows Kais Saied floating above the Tunis skyline surrounded by a heart drawn in the sky by an aeroplane. 1843, "Tunisia’s new president: how memes and viral videos led to a “Robocop” revolution," 18 Oct. 2019 Still, gazing out of their aeroplane windows, returning holidaymakers may notice some of the things that hold their curious little continent together. The Economist, "Europe’s long vacation flight home," 29 Aug. 2019 Electric aeroplanes Most electric plane designs are grounded on the drawing board, but there are some flight-ready aircraft. Keith Baker, Quartz, "Four bold visions for the future of flying," 20 Aug. 2019 Vincenzo Montella was a diminutive Italian winger who nailed a celebration early in his career, out-stretching his arms and running around miming an aeroplane., "Footballers' Nicknames: 15 of the Weirdest & Most Wonderful Monikers in the Beautiful Game," 14 Aug. 2019 That people get on aeroplanes at all is a matter of trust. The Economist, "Boeing’s boss wins a reprieve, not redemption," 21 June 2019 For its occupants, the aeroplane constitutes the entire universe. The Economist, "China’s grand, gloomy sci-fi is going global," 22 June 2019

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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

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The first known use of aeroplane was in 1868

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7 Feb 2020

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“Aeroplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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