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 : 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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But this historical anomaly has seemingly eclipsed Earhart’s legacy as one of the most successful female aviators in history. Teen Vogue, "Pilot Amelia Earhart's Feminism Should Be Remembered in History," 24 May 2019 Retro-Grade Shades The return of oversized aviators and square frames is nigh. Madeline Swanson, Vogue, "Throw Some Shade With Summer’s Best Sunglasses Trends," 21 May 2019 QUAY x JLO offers a selection of 6 different pairs, with shapes ranging from the classic aviator to a bold cat eye, and the five shades in the QUAY x AROD collection are functional as well as fashionable. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's Sunglasses Campaign Is Stunning," 21 Mar. 2019 After aviation officer candidate school in Pensacola, Fla., she was assigned to a training squadron at Naval Air Station Chase Field in Beeville, Texas, as an instructor pilot teaching student aviators how to fly the Navy T-2 trainer. Samantha Schmidt, latimes.com, "Tammie Jo Shults, who calmly landed Southwest Flight 1380, broke barriers as a fighter pilot," 18 Apr. 2018 McClain, an Army aviator, said via Twitter this week. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Spacewalking astronauts install better station batteries," 3 Apr. 2019 Last week, Appleton shared another pic of Lopez sporting shaggy long hair with bangs covering the front of her yellow aviators, which matched her bikini. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez's Mile-Long Pigtails Are a Barbie's Dream," 31 Oct. 2018 The idea of curated essentials carried over into the line’s recently launched menswear collection, a lineup of plush aviator jackets and leather coats created in collaboration with Icelandic football star Birkir Bjarnason. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Icelandic Outerwear Label Has Shearling for All Seasons," 29 Mar. 2019 These fledging were aviators born into the world of the F-35 and its array of advanced systems. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "An F-35 Pilot Explains What It's Like To Fly the Joint Strike Fighter," 5 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce aviator (audio) \

Kids Definition of aviator

: the pilot of an aircraft

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