noun (1)
air·​line | \ -ˌlīn How to pronounce airline (audio) \

Definition of airline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an air transportation system including its equipment, routes, operating personnel, and management

air line

noun (2)

Definition of air line (Entry 2 of 2)

: a straight line through the air between two points

Examples of airline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now the Dutch are trying something similar with, well, an airline. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Air France-KLM: The Franco-Dutch War of 2019," 27 Feb. 2019 Hacking a connected device at 35,000 feet wouldn't be easy as breaching an airline's website, but the vulnerability of networked cameras in general remains. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Two Major Airlines Admit to Undisclosed Cameras in Aircraft Entertainment Systems," 22 Feb. 2019 Under air passenger rights laws, including U.S. national law and the Montreal Convention, the maximum compensation from an airline for checked luggage that is either lost or damaged is $1,525 – $3,500. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Thanksgiving Air Travel Is Set to Be Busier Than Ever This Year—Here’s What to Know," 14 Nov. 2018 An airline employee allegedly stole an empty plane from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport before crashing on a nearby island, the Seattle Times reports. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Airline Employee Crashes Plane Taken From Seattle-Tacoma Airport," 11 Aug. 2018 That said, the Duchess's stepdaughter, Lady Colin Campbell, claims the man was American airline executive Bill Lyons. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Very English Scandal," 31 Jan. 2019 Kelleher appeared in a commercial with a bag over his head, offering paper bags to any Southwest passenger ashamed to be seen flying on his airline. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Herb Kelleher," 8 Jan. 2019 Travelers are encouraged to continue to check their flight status with their airlines. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Bomb scare at Phoenix airport caused by unattended car; driver only getting $52 parking ticket," 18 Sep. 2018 Its national airline, TAP Air Portugal, and Redes Energéticas Nacionais, the monopoly power transmitter, both have Chinese investors. The Economist, "Portugal’s energy giant may sell to a Chinese state-owned utility," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Three two-man teams were taking 15-minute stints of exploring the vault Wednesday, using glow sticks and air lines. Vinny Vella,, "Bensalem PD: Crews recover body of gas-station owner killed in explosion," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of airline

Noun (1)

1844, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airline was in 1813

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English Language Learners Definition of airline

: a company that owns and operates many airplanes which are used for carrying passengers and goods to different places


air·​line | \ ˈer-ˌlīn How to pronounce airline (audio) \

Kids Definition of airline

: a company that owns and operates many airplanes which are used for carrying passengers and cargo to different places

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