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: shelter, shed
especially : a covered and usually enclosed area for housing and repairing aircraft


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hangared; hangaring; hangars

transitive verb

: to place or store in a hangar

Examples of hangar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
When flames broke out earlier this month at a historic World War II-era blimp hangar in Tustin, South Coast Air Quality Management District staff descended on the scene to gather samples from the burn site and surrounding communities. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Trump and Abbott served food for more than 30 minutes inside the Texas Department of Public Safety hangar at the South Texas International Airport in Edinburg. Adam Carlson, ABC News, 19 Nov. 2023 The video then cuts to Walker, 44, inside an airport hangar, picking up the tune as Nick Carter. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023 While that may be a steep total for some, the companies behind fractional jets deal with all the extraneous needs of owning a plane, including pilots, maintenance, insurance, fuel, and hangar space. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 19 Oct. 2023 The wings also fold up when not in use to save space in the hangar. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Nov. 2023 One of those hangars burned last week, creating a spectacle for drivers passing by. Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2023 Presley enjoyed them without ever leaving the airplane hangar. Valerie Wu, Variety, 4 Nov. 2023 The paintings are now stashed in an enormous hangar that critics have characterized as a sort of Raiders of the Lousy Art warehouse. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2023
Leslie Day, a friend who hangared her plane near Ms. Bera’s at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Calif., outside San Diego, estimated in an interview that Ms. Bera had spent the equivalent of more than three years in the pilot’s seat. Daniel E. Slotnik, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Apr. 2018 The issue of high fuel prices came to the board’s attention in late spring when airport tenants – which range from flight schools, to charter aircraft, to hangar renters – began to complain to board members. Jordan Graham, Orange County Register, 25 Jan. 2017 See More

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Word History



borrowed from French, "shed open on one or more sides for storing agricultural products, farm implements, and vehicles," going back to Middle French, perhaps going back to Old Low Franconian *haimgarda- "enclosure around a building," going back to West Germanic *haima- "dwelling" + *garđa- "enclosure" — more at home entry 1, yard entry 1

Note: The French form occurs earliest as a place name, Hangart (1135), in Somme department. Though the persistent attestation of the word with initial h-, diachronically and in dialects, is a certain indication of Germanic origin, the fact that such a compound is apparently not attested as a generic word or place-name in a Germanic language renders the etymology speculative.


verbal derivative of hangar entry 1

First Known Use


1852, in the meaning defined above


1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hangar was in 1852

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Cite this Entry

“Hangar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hangar. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a shelter for housing and repairing aircraft


from French hangar "shed"

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