en·​plane in-ˈplān How to pronounce enplane (audio)
variants or less commonly emplane
enplaned also emplaned; enplaning also emplaning; enplanes also emplanes

intransitive verb

: to board an airplane

Examples of enplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web June 6, 2023 Lee is far from alone: Last year, 11,389 wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and scooters were mishandled during enplaning, according to the latest figures from the Office of Aviation Consumer Protection. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 June 2023 All told, 626,110 passengers were either enplaned or deplaned at CVG last month, up from 576,859 passengers in February 2019. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, 19 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enplane was in 1941

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“Enplane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enplane. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


en·​plane in-ˈplān How to pronounce enplane (audio)
: to board an airplane

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