noun, often attributive
air·​craft | \ ˈer-ˌkraft How to pronounce aircraft (audio) \
plural aircraft

Definition of aircraft

: a vehicle (such as an airplane or balloon) for traveling through the air

Examples of aircraft in a Sentence

a company that manufactures aircraft
Recent Examples on the Web Taking two helicopter rides, as Mr. Trump did, could plausibly result in more than $40,000 in medical debt for patients without access to their own aircraft (though of course most people do not leave the hospital by helicopter). Sarah Kliff, New York Times, "How Much Would Trump’s Coronavirus Treatment Cost Most Americans?," 7 Oct. 2020 Scholl said the company has already pre-sold $6 billion worth of its full-size aircraft, called Overture. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Meet the XB-1: A prototype for a modern supersonic passenger jet," 7 Oct. 2020 Both have seen demand for their aircraft plummet and Airbus has cut its monthly output by a third, while Boeing plans to cut more than 10% of its workforce. Jonathan Stearns,, "WTO Gives EU $4 Billion Target on U.S. Goods in Boeing Case," 30 Sep. 2020 Trump has written off as business expenses costs — including fuel and meals — associated with his aircraft, used to shuttle him among his various homes and properties. Russ Buettner, Star Tribune, "Trump's taxes show chronic losses and years of income tax avoidance," 27 Sep. 2020 Boeing has become more reliant on the 787 and the company’s big defense business to generate cash while its 737 MAX aircraft has been grounded for more than a year following two fatal crashes. Doug Cameron And Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Boeing Flags Additional 787 Production Problem," 8 Sep. 2020 American Airlines will become the first airline to disinfect its aircraft with SurfaceWise2, an electrostatic sprayer approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "American Airlines Is Using a New EPA-approved Disinfectant That Kills Viruses for 7 Days," 25 Aug. 2020 American Airlines will swiftly begin electrostatically spraying the product across its fleet, including, eventually its regional aircraft, though it is limited to applying the disinfectant in the state of Texas under the current EPA authorization. Fortune, "This product kills COVID for 7 days—and just got EPA approval for some American Airlines planes," 24 Aug. 2020 France allocated $1,800,000 for her racing aircraft. Christoper Spregg, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the 1929 Daredevil Race To Become the World's Fastest Plane," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of aircraft

1845, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2020

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“Aircraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce aircraft (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of aircraft

: a machine (such as an airplane or a helicopter) that flies through the air


air·​craft | \ ˈer-ˌkraft How to pronounce aircraft (audio) \
plural aircraft

Kids Definition of aircraft

: a vehicle (as an airplane or helicopter) that can travel through the air and that is supported either by its own lightness or by the action of the air against its surfaces

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