noun (1)
air·​line | \ ˈer-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 Because of the comments that came in from the airlines . . Washington Post, "‘It appeared that we had time’: How the FAA missed a chance to save Jennifer Riordan," 3 Dec. 2019 The Civil Air Reserve Fleet is a system in which major airlines agree to provide commercial passenger aircraft in wartime, in return for peacetime transportation contracts. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Could Civilian Satellites Provide a GPS Backup in Wartime?," 3 Dec. 2019 Several airlines are offering fare sales to cash in on the marketing hype surrounding the big online shopping day. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Cyber Monday airline deals: $33 Allegiant flights, $39 JetBlue flights, $49 Southwest flights," 2 Dec. 2019 Indeed, airlines began to waive flight change fees Saturday in anticipation of disrupted travel. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "Winter Storm Ezekiel Brings First Heavy Snow of the Season to the Northeast," 1 Dec. 2019 Pharma firms have been slow to adopt the digital transformations that have brought innovation (and disruption) to finance, shopping, banking and airlines. The Economist, "Affair of the heart The reinvention of Novartis," 28 Nov. 2019 At the same time, Abu Dhabi announced that its state airline Etihad (Manchester City’s shirt and stadium sponsor) would be enhancing its links with Chengdu’s airport. Simon Chadwick, Quartz, "How Manchester City’s owners became the Disney of sport," 28 Nov. 2019 But all major airlines instituted contingency plans waiving fees for some rebookings. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Heavy snow and wind could slam the brakes on Thanksgiving travel," 27 Nov. 2019 Now that the union has requested mediation with the National Mediation Board, the airline will follow that board's next steps. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Airline mechanics picket outside of IAH on busy travel day," 26 Nov. 2019 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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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Airline.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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