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 Previous SlideNext Slide Here's a good piece of trivia for you: what's the fastest commercial airliner in operation? Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "British Airways 747 just set subsonic speed record for Atlantic crossing," 10 Feb. 2020 American passenger airliners and others have avoided flying over Iran because of the risk they could be mistaken for military aircraft. Isabelle Khurshudyan,, "US expert says jet crash has signs of an intentional act; Iran warns against speculation," 8 Jan. 2020 But diverging fortunes among the sector’s cohorts could weigh on further gains across the group, as airfreight firms, airliners and even smaller industrial manufacturers are all lagging behind the market. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Industrials Continue Strong Run Despite Pullback in Goods Orders," 26 June 2019 Hawaii Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara says the airliner landed safely Tuesday as emergency responders waited nearby., "United Plane Lands in Hawaii After Engine Cover Breaks Off Mid-Flight," 14 Feb. 2018 Maintenance crews and flight teams have taken care to park the airliners in beautiful formations at airports across the country. Kyle Arnold, Dallas News, "A Dallas blogger’s images of parked planes show just how far the airline industry has fallen," 6 May 2020 Family of man convicted in Lockerbie bombing can appeal: Scotland's criminal appeals body said the family of a Libyan man jailed in the 1988 bombing of a U.S. airliner over the town of Lockerbie can launch a posthumous appeal against his conviction. Washington Post, "World Digest: March 11, 2020," 11 Mar. 2020 He was also connected to the 2009 terror plot by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a U.S. airliner using explosive-laden underwear. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Trump confirms US killed top al Qaeda leader in Yemen," 6 Feb. 2020 Ukraine is home to the Antonov plant, which once manufactured the largest and most powerful freight airliners in the world. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "How a Journalist in Kyiv Responded to the Downing of a Ukrainian Passenger Plane," 11 Jan. 2020

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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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24 May 2020

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“Airliner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of airliner

: a large airplane used for carrying passengers


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: a large airplane used for carrying passengers

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