air·​lin·​er | \-ˌlī-nər \

Definition of airliner 

: an airplane operated by an airline

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Congress will consider tightening the rules on service animals allowed to accompany passengers on airliners under legislation introduced this week. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Senator wants to put a tighter leash on airline rules for service animals," 25 Apr. 2018 The airliner, a Boeing 737 taking off from Havana’s Jose Martí International Airport, crashed at 12:08 p.m local time. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Plane Crash in Cuba Leaves Over 100 Dead," 18 May 2018 According to the airliner, the flight landed Sunday night. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Allegiant Air flight makes emergency landing after crew notices 'electrical smell'," 7 May 2018 If, for example, China were to raise tariffs on Boeing airliners, Boeing’s European rival, Airbus, could take advantage. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Europe Caught in the Middle as Trump Threatens China," 9 Apr. 2018 Russia has long denied that any of its military equipment ever crossed the border into eastern Ukraine, and the Russians presented several alternative scenarios—including blaming the downing of the airliner on a Ukrainian Air Force pilot. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian unit, GRU officer linked to 2014 shoot-down of airliner over Ukraine," 25 May 2018 By now, too many Germans have apologized for him for too long to think about reversing themselves, even when Mr. Putin’s missiles shoot down a Malaysian airliner. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Putin’s Key Oligarch Escapes Sanctions," 16 Mar. 2018 Patients in crisis, sent to API for 72-hour periods of evaluation, were shunted on commercial airliners to hospitals in Fairbanks and Juneau. Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what drove the former head of API to quit. 18 months later, the problems aren’t fixed.," 14 Jan. 2018 Its supersonic airliner will travel between New York and London in just over three hours. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Future of Flying: Flights Could Be Getting Much Shorter," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of airliner

1908, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of airliner

: a large airplane used for carrying passengers


air·​lin·​er | \ˈer-ˌlī-nər \

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: a large airplane used for carrying passengers

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