air·​borne ˈer-ˌbȯrn How to pronounce airborne (audio)
: done or being in the air : being off the ground: such as
: carried through the air (as by an aircraft)
: supported especially by aerodynamic forces or propelled through the air by force
a plane becoming airborne
: transported or carried by the air
airborne allergens
: trained for deployment by air and especially by parachute
airborne troops

Examples of airborne in a Sentence

Once the plane was airborne I loosened my seat belt. Thousands of airborne troops parachuted behind enemy lines.
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Word History

First Known Use

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of airborne was in 1637

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Cite this Entry

“Airborne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


air·​borne ˈa(ə)r-ˌbōrn How to pronounce airborne (audio)
: supported or transported by air
airborne troops

Medical Definition


air·​borne -ˌbōrn How to pronounce airborne (audio)
: carried or transported by the air
airborne allergens
airborne bacteria

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