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 However, the airline said the situation was not compliant with Virgin Atlantic's internal training protocols, prompting the decision to turn back. Hafsa Khalil, CNN, 5 May 2022 The airline said the aircraft will also be able to operate nonstop flights to Australia from destinations such as Paris and Frankfurt. Mike Cherney, WSJ, 2 May 2022 The airline said its new gray uniforms have received a textile industry certification known as OEKO-TEX and are certified to be free from harmful substances. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, 2 May 2022 Of the 121 students enrolled so far, about 78 percent are women or nonwhite, the airline said. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2022 Introductory fares must be purchased by April 26 for travel by Nov. 15, the airline said. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 20 Apr. 2022 Southwest is sticking by its bans across the board, the airline said. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 Southwest employees and customers may now choose whether to wear a mask on flights, at US airports, and some international locations, the airline said. Courtney Vinopal, Quartz, 19 Apr. 2022 The removal of the requirement was effective immediately, the airline said Monday evening. Sarah Freishtat,, 19 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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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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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16 May 2022

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“Airline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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