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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The cast consists of one person playing the aviator, and the rest as actors in masks alongside the puppeteers with their puppets. Paige Fumo Fox, Daily Southtown, "Puppets bring magical, whimsical tale of 'The Little Prince' to life in Beverly," 13 June 2019 Others, especially local aviators, business leaders and groups such as the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce supported the county’s approval. (charlie Neuman), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Residents file second lawsuit over Carlsbad airport," 6 June 2019 Todd Marzano, placed his aviator wings underneath the island, along with a half dollar featuring President Kennedy's likeness and several challenge coins. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch the Future Carrier USS Kennedy Get Its Island," 3 June 2019 At the end of the nineteenth century, the aviator was the flaneur of the firmament, and a trip in a hot-air balloon was seen to be just as health-giving as a hotel in the mountains. María Gainza, Harper's magazine, "Both Sides Now," 10 May 2019 Women’s History Month may be over, but any month might be a good time to read this nonfiction account of five groundbreaking aviators, only one of whose name — Amelia Earhart — will be familiar. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Paperback Picks: books by Michael Ondaatje, Esi Edugyan and more," 12 Apr. 2019 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

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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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to take the place or position of

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