aircraft carrier


Definition of aircraft carrier 

: a warship with a flight deck on which aircraft can be launched and landed

Examples of aircraft carrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

An aircraft carrier is perhaps the most adaptable of any large military technology. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As It Begins Its Second Century, Is the Aircraft Carrier Obsolete?," 5 Nov. 2018 The aircraft carrier was supposed to go to sea for training along with 30 other warships, and Hurricane Florence moved up the date a few days earlier. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Navy sailor struck by propeller, killed on carrier flight deck, officials say," 19 Sep. 2018 Beijing says aircraft carriers are needed to protect its coastline and trade routes, although they are also seen as backing up Beijing’s claims to self-governing Taiwan and the South China Sea. Washington Post, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 28 May 2018 The aircraft carrier the USS Lexington was discovered March 4 and the USS Juneau, another light cruiser, was located March 17. Amy Beth Hanson,, "Team backed by Microsoft co-founder locates wreck of USS Helena," 18 Apr. 2018 Russian officials have now acknowledged that the October 29 accident involving Russia’s only aircraft carrier and largest floating dry dock has made continuing the refit of the ship impossible. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian officials: Nope, we can’t finish fixing the carrier Kuznetsov," 9 Nov. 2018 Long-range missiles, bombers, aircraft carriers, and Marines were all classified offensive weapons and therefore off-limits. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Is Developing a Unique Supersonic Glide Weapon," 16 Oct. 2018 The prince went on to serve on the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth's Complicated Relationships With Her Children," 18 Aug. 2018 Adams, who was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in nearby Bremerton, Wa. Tony Briscoe,, "Missing Navy sailor from suburban Chicago found dead," 13 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'aircraft carrier.' 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 aircraft carrier

1917, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about aircraft carrier

Share aircraft carrier

Statistics for aircraft carrier

Last Updated

14 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for aircraft carrier

The first known use of aircraft carrier was in 1917

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for aircraft carrier

aircraft carrier


English Language Learners Definition of aircraft carrier

: a military ship that has a large deck where aircraft take off and land

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on aircraft carrier

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with aircraft carrier

Nglish: Translation of aircraft carrier for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about aircraft carrier

Comments on aircraft carrier

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


having a pattern of small flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Syn City

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!