sky·​writ·​ing ˈskī-ˌrī-tiŋ How to pronounce skywriting (audio)
: writing formed in the sky by means of a visible substance (such as smoke) emitted from an airplane

Examples of skywriting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Abdulrahim has done a variety of flight plan skywriting projects, usually a combination of aerial art with an advocacy aspect to it. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 The skywriting can be seen on the FlightAware website for flights taken by his plane. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 The plane Parker flew in was also a skywriting aircraft that only allowed one person per flight when skywriting operations were taking place, the suit said. Katelyn Umholtz | Staff Writer,, 14 Aug. 2020 So things like skywriting. Kira Bindrim, Quartz, 16 May 2022 This is a message of resentment, in skywriting, for SZA and women like her to back-flip forever, trying to prove their humanity to those who keep them too weary to dream, too exhausted to plan, too scared to tell their own stories and too unsure of their own worthiness to truly live. Danyel Smith, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2023 Kittinger also headed flight operations for Rosie O’Grady’s Flying Circus, skywriting messages and towing advertising banners behind a bi-plane for the downtown establishment. Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel, 9 Dec. 2022 Billboards, blimps, skywriting, ballpark jumbotrons, space suits. WIRED, 11 Nov. 2022 The Geico Skytypers, always an Air Show crowd-pleaser for their white-smoke skywriting and aerobatic loops, will send one of their WWII aircrafts to face off against Miss Geico, a 47-foot catamaran. Phillip Valys,, 5 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skywriting was in 1904

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“Skywriting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: writing formed in the sky by means of smoke or vapor released from an airplane
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