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 general order, last updated in December 2020, does not specifically address the use of the hangar as an auxiliary storage area. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 21 Mar. 2022 Biden asked the group of about 120 children sitting on the floor of the hangar at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station at the Opa-locka Executive Airport. Bianca Padro Ocasio, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Feb. 2022 Russian defense officials claimed Saturday that their forces destroyed a hangar housing U.S. howitzers in the Donetsk region, near the town of Chasiv Yar. Arkansas Online, 10 July 2022 Russian defense officials claimed Saturday that their forces destroyed a hangar housing U.S. howitzers in the Donetsk region, near the town of Chasiv Yar. Maria Grazia Murru, Anchorage Daily News, 9 July 2022 According to the Patriot Ledger, one of the locations filming will take place is at the Hangout at Union Point, a 33,000-square-foot former fighter-jet hangar in Weymouth. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2022 Inside, in order to fix the hangar controls Leia has to climb up into the vent to save the day. Erik Kain, Forbes, 15 June 2022 In October 2020, Trump used ABC Supply's private hangar at the Janesville airport to address thousands of supporters. Daniel Bice, Journal Sentinel, 24 May 2022 At nearly 97,000 square feet, the Yuz is one of the largest art museums in China, with vast open rooms where Mr. Tek can show his mega-art — the main hall, built from a former hangar, offers 32,300 square feet of exhibition space. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 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 See More

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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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: a shelter for housing and repairing aircraft


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