co·​pi·​lot ˈkō-ˌpī-lət How to pronounce copilot (audio)
: a qualified pilot who assists or relieves the pilot but is not in command

Examples of copilot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our future will be characterized by a tension between copilot (AI as collaborator) and autopilot (humans as sidekick to AI). Steven Levy, WIRED, 8 Dec. 2023 But the captain’s lecture and running of scenarios afterward in an Airbus A220 simulator was, for me, in the copilot’s chair, a coup de théâtre. Chantel Tattoli, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Dec. 2023 Drivers need only bring a suit and helmet (and a copilot to navigate). Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 15 Dec. 2023 In September, German software giant SAP debuted a new generative AI copilot called Joule, which is being embedded in applications ranging from supply chain, to finance, to procurement. Byjohn Kell, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2023 Investigators concluded that is what happened on board a Germanwings plane in 2015 when the copilot deliberately crashed the aircraft in the French Alps, killing 150 people. Claire Rush and Gene Johnson, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Oct. 2023 Cultural norms in the airline industry promote strict hierarchies that both reflect military structure and define clear relationships between pilots, copilots, and flight attendants. TIME, 19 Oct. 2023 So, think about if each of you have a super powered copilot, along with you, a super powered assistant with you who can answer questions who can answer difficult questions, who can give you a head start on some of your day to day jobs? Fortune Editors, Fortune, 17 Oct. 2023 In practice as a designer or artist, having AI is like having a second brain, an intern, or a copilot to bounce ideas around or organize information. Shelby Putnam Tupper, PCMAG, 13 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of copilot was in 1927

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“Copilot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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co·​pi·​lot ˈkō-ˌpī-lət How to pronounce copilot (audio)
: a pilot who assists the pilot or commander of a flight of an aircraft or spacecraft

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