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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Good stainless steel Heuer watch on the copilot’s wrist. New York Times, 14 Oct. 2022 His copilot, Jen Wika, snapped aerial photos of Golovin, inundated with floodwaters, the landscape rearranged by hours of pounding waves. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Sep. 2022 Only Jae-huk and the copilot (Kim Nam-gil) have a history together, which includes some bad blood and unfinished business. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 Aug. 2022 It was designed by his wife, who’s a personal trainer, and uses three pieces of equipment—a TRX suspension trainer, an ab wheel, and a Praep sports copilot, a pair of handlebars used to create instability during pushups. Greg Presto, Men's Health, 9 June 2022 Rumors about a copilot intentionally crashing the plane had circulated widely on China's internet by early April, with some pointing to the CAAC's remarks on the mental health of aviation staff following the crash. Nectar Gan And Cnn's Beijing Bureau, CNN, 18 May 2022 On November 28, 1979, Flight 901 proceeded along a route that the pilot and copilot believed to be along McMurdo Sound, descending to 1,500 feet. Colin Dickey, Longreads, 30 Mar. 2022 The normal 11-man crew consists of a pilot, copilot, meteorologist, two navigators, two radar officers, flight engineer, crew chief and two radiomen. Aubrey O. Cookman, Popular Mechanics, 9 Sep. 2021 Your copilot, Isao, asks you to cut the aircraft’s engine. Lewis Gordon, Wired, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of copilot was in 1927

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“Copilot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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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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