co·​pi·​lot | \ ˈkō-ˌpī-lət How to pronounce copilot (audio) \

Definition of copilot

: 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 Last year, a helicopter crash in the Bahamas claimed the lives of American coal billionaire Chris Cline, his daughter Kameron, and three of her friends, along with the pilot and copilot., "This day in history," 4 July 2020 Most significantly, the copilot had had difficulty locating checklists and performing in emergency scenarios. Fortune, "After first 737 Max crash, why did Boeing’s pilot warning fail to stop second plane from going down?," 9 Mar. 2020 The bottom line: Cubetto is an awesome copilot on your kid's journey to becoming a junior programmer. USA TODAY, "32 incredible coding toys that every kid will want," 27 Mar. 2020 But whoever ends up as his copilot for life is one lucky lady, because this guy has a heart of gold. Lydia Wang,, "The Bachelor Producer Peter Weber Was Rumored To End Up With Breaks Her Silence," 14 Mar. 2020 Nur, the 25-year-old Ethiopian copilot who was almost new to the plane, might get attention from investigators. Fortune, "After first 737 Max crash, why did Boeing’s pilot warning fail to stop second plane from going down?," 9 Mar. 2020 The pilot and copilot were the only people on board. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Small plane skids off runway at Coleman A. Young International Airport," 3 Dec. 2019 The copilot then added full takeoff power without informing his captain, as is required. Alan Levin / Bloomberg, Time, "Pilot in Amazon Cargo Plane Crash Repeatedly Flunked Flight Tests," 21 Dec. 2019 His copilot was fellow club member, Brad Blur, an GM engineering manager at GM's proving grounds in Milford. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Thousands of Ford and GM employees play Santa to Michigan foster kids," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of copilot

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of copilot was in 1927

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11 Jul 2020

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“Copilot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of copilot

: a pilot who helps the main pilot operate an airplane, helicopter, etc.


co·​pi·​lot | \ ˈkō-ˌpī-lət How to pronounce copilot (audio) \

Kids Definition of copilot

: a person who assists in flying an airplane

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