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 Durant and his wife Lisa, who is also an Army aviator, live in Madison and six children, three grandchildren with a fourth on the way. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 19 Oct. 2021 The pilot of a small plane who died with three others Thursday in a crash in Farmington was an experienced aviator who just became a grandfather, his cousin said Saturday. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 4 Sep. 2021 While in service, Delaney flew combat missions as a naval aviator in the Asia Pacific region and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 6 Dec. 2021 Reclaimed wood from a barn once owned by famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was used as flooring in the cabins. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Church, sans his trademark aviator sunglasses, stood beside him grinning like a big brother, then joined him on the song's chorus. Cindy Watts, PEOPLE.com, 25 Sep. 2021 Biden, wearing his signature aviator sunglasses, stepped from the car and waited for his wife before ascending two steps to the platform where the Queen was standing. Natasha Bertrand, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Biden wore his familiar aviator sunglasses during the outdoor event. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, 13 June 2021 Not the California where everyone wears aviator sunglasses, owns a Jacuzzi and buys his clothes on Rodeo Drive. CBS News, 23 Dec. 2021

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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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26 Jan 2022

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“Aviator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aviator. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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