aviator

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for aviator

Synonyms

airman, birdman, flier (also flyer), pilot

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Of the three mandates in the aviator's handbook—aviate, navigate, communicate—the last may have been most important in this emergency. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 His mother Gloria sported a black dress, burgundy velvet short sleeve coat with green and multicolor marabou trim on the shoulder pads, and a giant pair of sparkling aviator sunglasses. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper Brought His Mom as His Date to the SAG Awards," 28 Jan. 2019 In this shot, the HGTV host, who is getting her own show called Christina on the Coast, dons a black two piece and aviator sunnies. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa Looks Stunning on Beach Vacation with Ant Anstead and Her Kids," 21 Aug. 2018 The brand has a long tradition of making pilot's watches, both for military and civilian aviators, and this current example is a great tribute to that flying heritage. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Time and Place: Breitling in Upstate New York," 18 July 2018 In the music video for her latest single, the singer cries in the shower in a pink gown and struts down a hallway in a pink sequin dress, pink fur coat, and pink aviator shades. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Has Carrie Underwood Been Dropping Hints About Her Baby's Gender This Whole Time?," 11 Aug. 2018 Jan Curran, 70, of Gilbert, Arizona, was 3 when her father, naval aviator Lt. Fox News, "Return by NK of possible remains stir relatives' hopes," 28 July 2018 In a prepared statement, and in some public appearances, Trump advisers praised McCain's service as a senator and naval aviator held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Paul Kane, chicagotribune.com, "Trump advisers hail McCain but offer no apology for aide's crude remark," 13 May 2018 In this May 20, 1937 photo, provided by The Paragon Agency,shows aviator Amelia Earhart and her Electra plane, taken by Albert Bresnik at Burbank Airport in Burbank, Calif. James Rogers, Fox News, "Amelia Earhart signed document discovered in attic box," 27 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'aviator.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of aviator

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about aviator

Statistics for aviator

Last Updated

13 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for aviator

The first known use of aviator was in 1868

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for aviator

aviator

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

Kids Definition of aviator

: the pilot of an aircraft

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on aviator

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with aviator

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for aviator

Spanish Central: Translation of aviator

Nglish: Translation of aviator for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of aviator for Arabic Speakers

Comments on aviator

What made you want to look up aviator? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to a parable or parabola

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!