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

intransitive verb

: to board an airplane

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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

Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of enplane was in 1941

Dictionary Entries Near enplane

Cite this Entry

“Enplane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enplane. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

More from Merriam-Webster on enplane

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

Fashionable Words

  • dog-sunglasses-scarf
  • Which of these items is named for a deadly weapon?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?