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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Riding breeches and to-the-knee boots completed the equestrian moment, while a pair of classic aviators finished Olsen’s look with timeless charm. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Mary-Kate Olsen Makes the Case for Classic Equestrian Style," 28 Sep. 2018 The naval aviator has nearly 3,000 flight hours in more than 40 different aircraft, including 24 combat missions and 400 carrier landings. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Announces Astronauts to Fly on SpaceX and Boeing Spacecraft," 3 Aug. 2018 It was commanded by the famed aviator Richard Byrd, who was to conduct the first flight over the South Pole. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 24 Mar. 2018 His service as a naval aviator took him around the world and eventually to the war in Vietnam. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Vice President Mike Pence Pays Tribute to John McCain in Speech at His Memorial Service," 31 Aug. 2018 The first operational mission of the Crew Dragon to the ISS will be flown by an astronaut with experience on the space station and a naval aviator preparing for his first flight to space. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Announces Astronauts to Fly on SpaceX and Boeing Spacecraft," 3 Aug. 2018 On March 14, two Navy aviators were killed when their F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed during a training flight in Florida. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Army has identified 2 soldiers killed during a training mission Friday at Fort Campbell," 8 Apr. 2018 On March 14, two Navy aviators were killed when their F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed in Florida. Leada Gore, AL.com, "2 Army airmen killed in Kentucky helicopter crash," 7 Apr. 2018 The 1936 National Air Races are described as a breakthrough event for female aviators, with women broadly eligible to compete against men of the first time, according to The Raab Collection. James Rogers, Fox News, "Amelia Earhart signed document discovered in attic box," 27 June 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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