air·​craft ˈer-ˌkraft How to pronounce aircraft (audio)
plural aircraft
often attributive
: a vehicle (such as an airplane or balloon) for traveling through the air

Examples of aircraft in a Sentence

a company that manufactures aircraft
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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aircraft was in 1845

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“Aircraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


air·​craft ˈa(ə)r-ˌkraft How to pronounce aircraft (audio)
plural aircraft
: a machine (as an airplane, glider, or helicopter) that can travel through the air and that is supported either by its own buoyancy or by the action of the air against its surfaces
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