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

Examples of aeroplane in a Sentence

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


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

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aeroplane was in 1868

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“Aeroplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


aero·​plane ˈar-ə-ˌplān How to pronounce aeroplane (audio)

chiefly British variant of airplane

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