war·​plane ˈwȯr-ˌplān How to pronounce warplane (audio)
: a military airplane
specifically : one armed for combat

Examples of warplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In April, Anduril beat out Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman in an Air Force competition for a new autonomous fighter drone that can fly alongside manned warplanes like robot wingmen. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2024 China’s ‘Punishment’ Military Drills Concern Even Taiwan’s Beijing-Friendly Party The People’s Republic of China (PRC) sent 1,709 warplanes through Taiwan’s air-defense identification zone last year. Charlie Campbell / Taipei, TIME, 13 June 2024 An angry but increasingly confident China has responded by sending more warplanes to routinely fly over the median line in the Taiwan Strait, which previously acted as a buffer between the sides. Zhou Bo, Foreign Affairs, 13 May 2024 The Pentagon also has significant firepower, including Navy destroyers and warplanes in the region. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for warplane 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of warplane was circa 1911

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“Warplane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warplane. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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