plane·​load ˈplān-ˌlōd How to pronounce planeload (audio)
: a load that fills an airplane

Examples of planeload in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russia’s military intervention in Syria in 2015 again pitted Moscow against Islamist groups, and a planeload of Russian tourists was destroyed, reportedly by an ISIS bomb, over Egypt’s Sinai Desert that year, killing 224 people. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Mar. 2024 Well, the three planeloads that the U.S. dropped last week are equivalent to ballpark four to six truckloads. Elena Burnett, NPR, 6 Mar. 2024 Video of a planeload of people watching the shootout on their screens and erupting in applause at the moment of victory was widely viewed online. Molly Hunter, NBC News, 16 Aug. 2023 As Chancellor Olaf Scholz prepares for his first visit to Beijing on Thursday, a planeload of executives in tow, Germany’s intelligence chiefs and allies are warning him against pursuing business as usual with a China that is saber-rattling in the Taiwan Strait. Erika Solomon, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2022 The Vineyard, with a history of presidential visitors, has a reputation as a respite for the elite, a narrative that prompted Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida to send two planeloads of migrants there without warning last fall, throwing the island in the national spotlight once again. Remy Tumin, New York Times, 29 June 2023 Enter Email Sign Up State officials said Los Angeles nonprofits had been informed in advance of the relocation, unlike what happened before two planeloads of migrants arrived in Sacramento this month with the backing of Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida. Jill Cowan and Shawn Hubler,, 15 June 2023 The United States granted the most sweeping exemptions in the history of U.S. sanctions and, with Western allies, sent planeloads of humanitarian aid to the country. Graeme Smith, Foreign Affairs, 13 Dec. 2022 Days after a planeload of Latin American migrants arrived on a private jet at a small Sacramento airport, a second such group has landed in California’s capital. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 6 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of planeload was in 1925

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“Planeload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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