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 Gathering in an airplane hangar for optimal social distancing. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Once viewed as potential 'super spreaders,' Minnesota choirs are emerging again," 18 Mar. 2021 Mushers, for the most part, have accommodations that are just for them: two Arctic Ovens in Ophir, a cabin at Iditarod and an airplane hangar in McGrath. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, "Minus-55 weather, an ‘unnerving’ COVID-19 case and a gang of top contenders on the Iditarod Trail," 13 Mar. 2021 While Trump flies Air Force One around the country for raucous airplane hangar rallies and mega-fundraisers, Pence hits the hustings in two-lane road communities. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Pence deployed to key areas by Trump campaign to gin up local support," 10 Sep. 2020 The storm flattened an airplane hangar, although an aircraft appeared to be in one piece beneath the open roof. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Laura's winds leave destruction in Louisiana, Texas as weakened storm moves inland," 28 Aug. 2020 That additionalrenovation work will keep the plane in the hangar for about 20 days. CNN, "How American Airlines takes planes out of storage," 12 Apr. 2021 Officials believe the cat got onto the airplane while it was parked overnight in a hangar in Khartoum. Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, Star Tribune, "News of the weird: Vomit from sperm whale could be worth a mint," 12 Mar. 2021 No one had taken action to secure 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a hangar in the city’s port. The New York Times, New York Times, "A Year Like No Other," 8 Dec. 2020 Banek said the coroner’s office has since discontinued its agreement to rent the hangar, and the state has picked up the trailers. James T. Norman, chicagotribune.com, "Current and former Lake County coroners spar over laptop, hangar rental expenditures," 1 Apr. 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, "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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“Hangar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hangar. Accessed 8 May. 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) \

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: a shelter for housing and repairing aircraft

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