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 Fourth lawsuit filed over vintage plane crash The family of a copilot killed in the crash of a World War II-era plane in 2019 in Connecticut is suing the foundation that hosted the air show., 17 June 2021 In 2014, an earlier version of SpaceShipTwo broke apart in midair during a powered test flight, killing copilot Michael Alsbury and injuring pilot Peter Siebold. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2021 In the cockpit the pilot and copilot sit farther apart than in present transports, the space between them being taken up by a wide control stand upon which are mounted all engine operating levers. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2021 And then there’s artificial intelligence, which will function as a sort of copilot to a human pilot on a next-gen fighter jet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 29 Apr. 2021 Wind through striking overlooks of sinister-looking Black Canyon with your dog as your copilot. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 7 May 2021 Last month, the United States Air Force successfully flew an AI copilot on a U-2 spy plane in California, marking the first time AI has controlled a U.S. military system. Dr. Will Roper, Popular Mechanics, 19 Jan. 2021 The man and his wife were sitting right behind the pilot and copilot. Nicholas Rondinone,, 9 Dec. 2020 The jet, suddenly subjected to violent oscillations that exceeded the plane’s structural limits, exploded in midair, killing the pilot and copilot. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 10 Nov. 2020

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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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“Copilot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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