avi·​a·​tor | \ ˈā-vē-ˌā-tər How to pronounce aviator (audio) , ˈa- How to pronounce aviator (audio) \
plural aviators

Definition of aviator

1 : the operator or pilot of an aircraft and especially an airplane
2 aviators plural : 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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Rick Dressler is a 52-year-old Air Force reservist, aviator and medic who also worked as a federal criminal investigator. al, "What is long COVID? UAB’s Dr. Michael Saag says some patients suffer for months," 31 Dec. 2020 Rick Dressler is a 52-year-old Air Force reservist, aviator and medic who also worked as a federal criminal investigator. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Fatigue, loss of smell, organ damage: A range of symptoms plague many Marylanders long after COVID-19 infection," 30 Dec. 2020 This year, beer drinkers can choose to have the brew served in a tall red glass with Trump's maskless face on it or a blue one with Biden wearing a mask and his signature aviator sunglasses. Dahleen Glanton, Star Tribune, "Squirrel! And other things, besides polls, that predict elections.," 30 Oct. 2020 Fifty years ago, aviator Chuck Yeager was the first to break the sound barrier. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Chuck Yeager has died at 97, but the legacy of his record-breaking flight lives on," 8 Dec. 2020 As an enduring mystery, the O'Hair case ranks with those of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa and aviator Amelia Earhart, neither of whom was found despite decades of sleuthing. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Captivating tales from South Texas and Mexico," 8 Dec. 2020 But when Carrey arrived with silver wig and aviator sunglasses in the Oct. 3 season premiere, his performance quickly became cringe-worthy. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'SNL' and Jim Carrey are completely failing to make 2020 funny," 12 Nov. 2020 As the sun rose over the horizon, a Japanese aviator worked to get his bearings above enemy territory. Cory Graff, Popular Mechanics, "How Hollywood Set Designers Hid America’s WWII Aircraft Factories," 8 Nov. 2020 One of its most controversial officials was Sheriff Jim Boutwell, an aviator and reserve deputy who famously buzzed the University of Texas Tower from a small airplane in 1966 as sniper Charles Whitman fired upon people on the ground. USA Today, "From lotto millions to a felony indictment. How reality TV could undo a Texas sheriff.," 13 Oct. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Aviator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aviator. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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avi·​a·​tor | \ ˈā-vē-ˌā-tər How to pronounce aviator (audio) \

Kids Definition of aviator

: the pilot of an aircraft

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