avi·a·tor | \ˈā-vē-ˌā-tər, ˈa- \
plural aviators

Definition of aviator 

1 : the operator or pilot of an aircraft and especially an airplane

2 aviators : aviator glasses The heat had begun to settle in, and as she hit the sidewalk, she slipped on her new sunglasses, a trendy pair of aviators.— Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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Synonyms for aviator


airman, birdman, flier (also flyer), pilot

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Examples of aviator in a Sentence

the solo flight from New York to Paris by the aviator Charles Lindbergh captured the imagination of people around the world

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The USS Midway Museum will give a presentation on the daily life of a naval aviator on the aircraft carrier that was in service longer than any other U.S. carrier in the 20th century. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Muir award goes to Conservancy," 9 July 2018 Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party, was a naval aviator. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Active-Duty Marine Moonlights as Leader of Violent White Supremacist Group: Report," 8 May 2018 Break out the aviator shades and tiny earpieces because Wawa is officially in the secret service game. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "Wawa adds new items to its secret menu," 11 June 2018 The duo sat in the front row of the fashion spectacle, with Kris decked out in a black Moschino pantsuit with gold studded detailing on her collar and sleeves, plus a pair of gold aviator sunglasses. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Kris Jenner Supports Khloé Kardashian After Tristan Thompson's Cheating Scandal: 'I Really Trust' Her," 9 June 2018 Instead, Debbie renews her ties with nightclub owner Lou (Blanchett, rocking peroxide-blond bangs and aviator shades), who used to be her confidante and partner, in possibly more than one sense. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett pull off an enjoyable, low-fizz heist in 'Ocean's 8'," 6 June 2018 Glacier Cream wasn't widely available until the 1940s; in the meantime, Hollywood popularized polarized aviator sunglasses made by Ray-Ban. Allure, "See How Sunscreen and Sun Care Evolved Over the Last 100 Years in Just 4 Minutes," 29 May 2018 The former president arrived in Maine for the summer in late May. Bush has spent part of every summer in Kennebunkport since his childhood, except while serving as a naval aviator during World War II. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "George H.W. Bush discharged from hospital," 4 June 2018 Thousands of pilots at the country’s largest carriers are nearing retirement, opening up opportunities for those, like Hynds, who pay up to $200,000 for the training necessary to advance as an aviator. Zach Wichter, BostonGlobe.com, "Aspiring pilots find a job seeker’s market," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of aviator

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of aviator was in 1868

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avi·a·tor | \ˈā-vē-ˌā-tər \

Kids Definition of aviator

: the pilot of an aircraft

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