du·​ral·​u·​min | \ du̇-ˈral-yə-mən How to pronounce duralumin (audio) also dyu̇-\

Definition of duralumin

: a light strong alloy of aluminum, copper, manganese, and magnesium

Examples of duralumin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The wings and fuselage were constructed from corrugated duralumin, a light, strong alloy of aluminum, copper, manganese, and magnesium, while the landing gear and bracing were all steel. Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Longreads, "Determined to Hitch a Ride on the Greatest Rig in America," 16 Jan. 2018 Close will take with her that ultra lightweight duralumin tray her mother received, made from the same material so much of the aircraft was to help keep it in the air. John Marks, charlotteobserver, "She’s tethered to Hindenburg history. Now Anne Springs Close returns to relive it.," 10 May 2017 Then came the PCA-1A, which cut weight using duralumin tubing instead of steel construction, and fabric covering the wings instead of plywood. Alex Davies, WIRED, "The Machines We Took From Our Former Colonial Overlords and Made Better," 3 July 2014

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'duralumin.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of duralumin

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for duralumin

from Duralumin, a trademark

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about duralumin

Dictionary Entries near duralumin

durable press




dura mater



Statistics for duralumin

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for duralumin

The first known use of duralumin was in 1910

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on duralumin

Nglish: Translation of duralumin for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about duralumin

Comments on duralumin

What made you want to look up duralumin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to complain fretfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!