war·​plane | \ ˈwȯr-ˌplān How to pronounce warplane (audio) \

Definition of warplane

: a military airplane specifically : one armed for combat

Examples of warplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Syrian opposition activists said government warplanes have struck towns and villages in the northwestern province of Idlib including one near a Turkish observation post. Washington Post, "Syrian troops to start unilateral cease-fire in Idlib," 30 Aug. 2019 Mazen al-Shami, an opposition activist based in Idlib, also said that warplanes struck areas near where the Turkish convoy was moving. Suzan Fraser, BostonGlobe.com, "Turkey says airstrikes targeted Turkish army convoy in Syria," 19 Aug. 2019 The event featured sweeping flyovers by warplanes, helicopters and even Air Force One, and tanks parked outside the Lincoln Memorial. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "Trump's costly July Fourth event bankrupted Washington's security, anti-terror fund," 10 July 2019 Weather permitting, Trump planned showcase flyovers by warplanes, aircraft in the presidential Air Force One and Marine One fleet and the Navy Blue Angels aerobatics team, as well as make his remarks. Author: Darlene Superville, Calvin Woodward, Anchorage Daily News, "Drenched Trump supporters, protesters mark July 4 in DC," 4 July 2019 After Russian warplanes pounded it for hours overnight, Syrian government troops and allied militias appeared close to seizing the town, Khan Sheikhoun, which lies on an important transportation route in western Syria. Hwaida Saad, BostonGlobe.com, "Syrian forces move into strategic town, tightening grip on rebels," 20 Aug. 2019 South Korea said that three Russian military planes, as well as two Chinese warplanes, entered its air defense identification zone off its east coast, where foreign military aircraft are expected to identify themselves in advance to South Korea. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "South Korean Jets Fire Warning Shots Toward Russian Military Plane," 23 July 2019 Before the latest incident, Russia had lost at least seven warplanes and seven combat helicopters in Syria and also had seen dozens of troops killed in ground combat. Vladimir Isachenkov, The Seattle Times, "Putin seeks to defuse downing of Russian plane off Syria," 18 Sep. 2018 Besides carrying over 75 warplanes, the USS Ford has some serious destructive capability. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Navy's USS Ford set for upgraded ship-defense weapons," 18 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'warplane.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of warplane

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about warplane

Statistics for warplane

Last Updated

9 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for warplane

The first known use of warplane was circa 1911

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for warplane



English Language Learners Definition of warplane

: a military airplane that has guns or missiles

More from Merriam-Webster on warplane

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with warplane

Nglish: Translation of warplane for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of warplane for Arabic Speakers

Comments on warplane

What made you want to look up warplane? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a bell tower

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!