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

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Three huge hangars capped in a tan fabric covering sprout-like giant mushrooms, visible from miles away. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust," 22 Apr. 2018 However, photos taken by passers-by show several F-22s in damaged hangars. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Hurricane Michael showed how woefully unprepared the military is for extreme weather," 15 Oct. 2018 The new airport, built partly with federal funds, started out with three hangars and three runways on 1,200 acres, handling six flights a day. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Experts weigh in on reader's midcentury San Antonio airport photo," 7 July 2018 Among the examples was a party last summer at an airport hangar in Santa Monica in which scantily clad models were hired to wear deer costumes meant to look like one of Snapchat’s lenses. Meg James, latimes.com, "Snap CEO Evan Spiegel says charges of sexism at his company are a 'wake-up call'," 30 May 2018 The new zeppelin - not yet named - is now being painted inside Goodyear's 101 year-old hangar at Wingfoot Lake in Suffield. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s newest zeppelin (not blimp) will take to the skies this summer," 20 Mar. 2018 Since last year’s strikes, the United States Central Command has been updating lists of possible military and government targets in Syria, including aircraft hangars, ammunition depots and command headquarters. Peter Baker, Helene Cooper And Thomas Gibbons-neff, New York Times, "Trump Weighs More Robust Military Strike Against Syria," 10 Apr. 2018 Another image shows an International Harvester tractor still upright in the aircraft hangar. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Discover the Wreck of the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, Sunk in World War II," 12 Feb. 2019 For starters, only two agreed: Delta CEO Ed Bastian (6'3) sat on a Boeing 777-200 in Atlanta, and American CEO Doug Parker (also 6'3) on a reconfigured 777-200 in a Dallas-Fort Worth hangar. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airline CEOs Sitting in Economy Say Your Airplane Seat Won't Get Smaller," 25 July 2018

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

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English Language Learners Definition of hangar

: a building where aircraft are kept


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: a shelter for housing and repairing aircraft

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