air·​lin·​er | \ ˈer-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce airliner (audio) \

Definition of airliner

: an airplane operated by an airline

Examples of airliner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a new, more fuel-efficient airliner engine on the scene, as Rolls-Royce has started work on its UltraFan aero engine. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The World’s Largest Aircraft Engine Is Underway," 2 Apr. 2021 The airliner said in a note to workers on Wednesday that the passage of the $1.9 trillion spending bill will save 13,000 jobs. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "American Airlines credits spending bill with saving 13,000 jobs," 11 Mar. 2021 From presidential Boeing 747s and 757s flying as Air Force One and his own notable VIP airliner, Donald Trump was recently spotted boarding a mere run-of-the-mill everyman type private jet. Doug Gollan, Forbes, "Donald Trump’s Private Jet Downgrade Was Bigger Than You Think," 10 Mar. 2021 The Australian airliner is planning to resume the majority of its international routes on Oct. 31, four months later than the company anticipated last year. Fortune, "With the Nikkei above 30,000, can Japan exorcise ghosts of its 1980s bubble?," 25 Feb. 2021 The pilot turned the gliding airliner around in a giant, hideous corkscrew, banking hard and turning everyone sideways, before leveling out and picking up speed. Erika Hayasaki, Wired, "How to Remember a Disaster Without Being Shattered by It," 23 Feb. 2021 That’s far below pre-pandemic levels when nearly seven out of eight airliner seats were occupied, but far better than even a few months ago. Dallas News, "Crowds return to DFW, Dallas Love Field a year after COVID slammed air travel," 23 Mar. 2021 By the early 1960s, turboprop airliners like the Convair 580 surpassed the DC-3s efficiency as a regional airliner. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Why the DC-3 Is Such a Badass Plane," 16 Mar. 2021 House Majority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, said that wearing a mask is like putting on a seatbelt on a commercial airliner. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Sen. Reinbold agrees to follow COVID-19 policy in Alaska Capitol," 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of airliner

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airliner was in 1908

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5 May 2021

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“Airliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of airliner

: a large airplane used for carrying passengers


air·​lin·​er | \ ˈer-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce airliner (audio) \

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: a large airplane used for carrying passengers

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