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 The Indy Eleven Theatre's construction in 2016 included the capability to lift up a hangar door and turn it into an open-air venue. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "4 new — or almost new — outdoor venues where you can have socially distant fun," 8 July 2020 As of 2019, Rock Wall also operates a second tasting option called the Reserve Room, inside the winery hangar. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Rock Wall Wine Co. is a great reason to get yourself to Alameda," 7 July 2020 Other outdoor sports have already had to adapt: An unusually warm winter recently pushed Norwegians skiers into an icy hangar, while Alps resorts regularly blast homemade powder across the slopes. Molly Glick, Popular Science, "Pro surfers hit artificial waves in the heat of the climate crisis," 30 June 2020 Maybe all of that excess sheet metal on their new industrial hangar of a ballpark just caused a temporary lapse in judgment. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Mike Finger: Sports are coming back, but are we ready?," 27 June 2020 While there are other air carriers flying to Las Vegas and Pinehurst, JSX promotes the fact that customers can drive up to the company’s hangar at Dallas Love Field without going through the regular airport and security experience. Dallas News, "Dallas-based air carrier JSX starting direct flights from Love Field to Vegas, Pinehurst resort," 17 June 2020 Despite industry turmoil, the Mobile Airbus plant welcomed a milestone project last month with the official unveiling of a 270,000-square-foot hangar for the construction of the A220 aircraft, following an 18-month construction project. al, "Airbus to lay off 26 more employees at Mobile engineering center," 15 June 2020 The flag at his FedEx hangar was lowered to half-staff for two days. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Steven Rapp, lost to COVID-19, was Greenwood’s Renaissance man," 5 June 2020 In Ziway, an Ethiopian town, kilometre-long greenhouses sprawl like aircraft hangars beside the dust and donkey carts. The Economist, "Production lions How manufacturing might take off in Africa," 13 June 2020 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, "Learn this Boston firefighter's secret to training for the Boston Marathon," 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, "Orange County picks new airport operator amid fuel-price hiking allegations," 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.


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11 Jul 2020

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“Hangar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hangar. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hangar

: a building where aircraft are kept


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Kids Definition of hangar

: a shelter for housing and repairing aircraft

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