fly·​past ˈflī-ˌpast How to pronounce flypast (audio)
chiefly British

Examples of flypast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Louis previously showed his discomfort for the traditional flypasts at King Charles's coronation and the late Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, today the preschooler politely covered his ears to avoid the loud noises being emitted from the Royal Air Force planes. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 June 2023 The most playful might be the indelible image of Prince Louis, 5, reacting to the noisy flypast during Trooping the Color in June 2022 while his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth seemed to laugh beside him! Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 19 Oct. 2023 The Royal Procession will then move back to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and the Red Arrows of the Royal Air Force will soar overheard for a flypast. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 5 July 2023 The Royal Procession traveled back to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the British monarch’s official residence in Scotland, and the Red Arrows of the Royal Air Force soared overheard for a flypast. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 5 July 2023 The 21-gun salute and flypast might feel familiar, as both traditions were recently seen in London following Charles and Camilla’s crowning at Westminster Abbey. Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 5 July 2023 There will also be a flypast held by the Royal Air Force, which wasn’t able to take place during King Charles’s coronation due to rainy weather. Justin Ray, Robb Report, 15 June 2023 Joseph Kosinski The Top Gun: Maverick director on the epic gala — including a flypast by the French airforce — in 2022. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2023 But after the final flypast, Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a rare look behind-the-scenes at the historic milestone. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 8 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flypast was in 1914

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“Flypast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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