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noun (1)

air·​line ˈer-ˌlīn How to pronounce airline (audio)
: an air transportation system including its equipment, routes, operating personnel, and management

air line

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noun (2)

: a straight line through the air between two points

Examples of airline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The airline industry recovered faster than expected, and Fredericks found a new job with a passenger airline that had better hours and almost triple the pay. Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 The White House has reserved most of its ire for top airlines, lambasting them for a raft of fees that Biden has described as costly and unfair. Tony Romm, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2023 The airline has an interactive tool on the sale's web page which shows a calendar view of when the special offer is available. Michael Cappetta, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 That's an expectation shared by the TSA, which anticipates 2.9 million airline passengers will be screened Sunday, Nov. 26, according to the TSA. Allison Elyse Gualtieri, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2023 The health care sector produces 5% of global carbon emissions, even more than the airline industry. John Kell, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2023 On Friday, the gospel singer, 36, posted a video on Instagram, which captured her exchange with the airline employee, who was asking her to sit down. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2023 Several airlines also unveiled big deals to buy Boeing airplanes at the Dubai airshow. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 13 Nov. 2023 Balancing Fleet Growth With Sustainable Goals Sustainable jet fuel and more aerodynamic aircraft designs are just two examples of investments airlines are making to bring emissions down to zero by 2050. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023
State House Republicans did more than just verbally condemn Delta, and passed a bill that would revoke a jet fuel tax break that would likely cost the air line millions of dollars. Sanya Mansoor, Time, 2 Apr. 2021 In the searing heat, the air lines on the fire truck blew, locking the brakes and immobilizing the vehicle. Lauren Williams, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2020 Three two-man teams were taking 15-minute stints of exploring the vault Wednesday, using glow sticks and air lines. Vinny Vella,, 13 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1844, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airline was in 1813

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“Airline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


air·​line -ˌlīn How to pronounce airline (audio)
: a system of transportation by airplanes including its routes, equipment, and workers

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