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: at or to a great height
measuring the winds aloft
: in the air
especially : in flight (as in an airplane)
meals served aloft
: at, on, or to the masthead or the higher rigging
went aloft to unfurl the sails


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: on top of : above
bright signs aloft hotels

Examples of aloft in a Sentence

Adverb The balloon stayed aloft for days. the ease with which he can hold a ballerina aloft with one hand is awesome
Recent Examples on the Web
Put the historical baggage onto the scales, and a Lions confetti shower in New Orleans next winter would far exceed the Chargers winning it or longtime pinatas such as the Jets, Bears, Jaguars, Cardinals and Falcons holding the trophy aloft. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 The clips often capture people holding their phones aloft to film the explosion, creating yet more angles to collect. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2024 Flattened out from a pliable brick, the icing resembles pie dough as it’s held aloft before being draped, in one fraught move, over a bare cake. Zoey Poll Katja Mayer, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Actually, no spacecraft has ever gone aloft with poetry etched on its side—but no spacecraft has ever been quite like NASA’s Europa Clipper. TIME, 12 Feb. 2024 Coach Don McCafferty is hoisted aloft by Baltimore Colts players after their victory over the Raiders in the AFC championship game on Jan. 3, 1971. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 27 Jan. 2024 Less than two weeks after the World Cup final, Ronaldo agreed on a move to Saudi team Al-Nassr. Qatar, meanwhile, will always have the image of Messi, wearing one of the country's ceremonial robes, holding the World Cup trophy aloft. James Robson, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2024 New findings:Hot air balloon was deflated before crash that killed 4 in Eloy, NTSB report finds While time spent aloft is ultimately determined by weather conditions, Duncan encourages guests to take advantage of all the sights that the Valley has to offer while overhead. Coleby Phillips, The Arizona Republic, 26 Jan. 2024 In a harvested wheat field, a group of almost a dozen men line up to hold aloft a colorful dragon puppet. Oscar Holland, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024
The Leicester fans held aloft the free commemorative scarves which were left on every seat inside the stadium and sang their late chairman’s name. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Old Norse ā lopt, from ā on, in + lopt air — more at on, loft


Middle English alofte, derivative of alofte aloft entry 1

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aloft was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Aloft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
: in the air
especially : in flight
: at, on, or to the higher rigging of a sailing ship

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