han·​gar | \ ˈhaŋ-ər How to pronounce hangar (audio) , ˈhaŋ-gər How to pronounce hangar (audio) \

Definition of hangar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


hangared; hangaring; hangars

Definition of hangar (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place or store in a hangar

Examples of hangar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of them took off for the first time in 290 days this week, flying from Victorville to Los Angeles to undergo a gear swing procedure at Qantas' LAX hangar. Karla Cripps, CNN, 3 June 2021 In April, a drone strike targeted a CIA hangar inside the airport complex in the northern city of Irbil, according to officials familiar with the matter. Washington Post, 29 May 2021 Shade alone provides a big break from exterior heat, and the combination of a retractable roof and a large hangar-door-style retractable wall allow for plenty of airflow. al, 26 May 2021 In western Iraq this month, a drone equipped with an aerial camera attacked an air base used by U.S. forces, damaging a hangar but causing no casualties, said Col. Wayne Marotto, a military spokesman. David S. Cloud Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 The idea was to curate a compact wardrobe of staples that could take you from city, to private hangar and finally, your dream island getaway. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Inside the hangar-like emptiness of the Watershed, Báez has crafted an alternate universe of overlooked history at monumental scale. BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2021 In a vast hangar on the outskirts of Gatwick Airport, one of EasyJet’s big hubs, sit a row of five space-age pods, painted in EasyJet’s trademark orange-and-white colors. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 18 May 2021 The company plans to build a maintenance hangar to provide mechanical work for jumbo jets at the airport’s southern end. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 16 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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

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First Known Use of hangar


1852, in the meaning defined above


1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hangar


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

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“Hangar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hangar. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hangar

: a building where aircraft are kept


han·​gar | \ ˈhaŋ-ər How to pronounce hangar (audio) \

Kids Definition of hangar

: a shelter for housing and repairing aircraft


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