aviator

noun
avi·​a·​tor | \ ˈā-vē-ˌā-tər How to pronounce aviator (audio) , ˈa- How to pronounce aviator (audio) \
plural aviators

Definition of aviator

1 : the operator or pilot of an aircraft and especially an airplane
2 aviators plural : aviator glasses The heat had begun to settle in, and as she hit the sidewalk, she slipped on her new sunglasses, a trendy pair of aviators.— Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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Examples of aviator in a Sentence

the solo flight from New York to Paris by the aviator Charles Lindbergh captured the imagination of people around the world
Recent Examples on the Web Three years earlier, the 20-month-old son of renowned aviator Charles Lindbergh had been snatched and killed, and a carpenter named Bruno Hauptmann had been found guilty of the murder. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2021 Next to him, a table will hold peach blossoms to represent his home state of Delaware and a pair of aviator sunglasses in a nod to his favorite eyewear. Mike Schneider, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 Next to him, a table will hold peach blossoms to represent his home state of Delaware and a pair of aviator sunglasses in a nod to his favorite eyewear. Fox News, 20 July 2021 Next to him, a table will hold peach blossoms to represent his home state of Delaware and a pair of aviator sunglasses in a nod to his favorite eyewear. Mike Schneider, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 Between filming content for the White House’s social media pages, Rodrigo and Biden were photographed in the Oval Office rocking matching pairs of aviator sunglasses for the ‘gram — as the kids say. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 While in France, Gurney’s group visited the busy pier, Quai Lindbergh, in neighboring Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, named in honor of the pioneering aviator. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 2021 Each item tells a story of pioneers such as Hattiesburg's Jesse L. Brown, America's first Black naval aviator, and Ruth Bailey Earl, whose image and actions represent the more than 500 Black nurses who served during World War II. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Asma stands more stiffly, arms by her sides, wearing white jeans, trainers and the kind of aviator sunglasses beloved of Middle Eastern strongmen. The Economist, 10 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of aviator

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of aviator was in 1868

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17 Oct 2021

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“Aviator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aviator. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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aviator

noun
avi·​a·​tor | \ ˈā-vē-ˌā-tər How to pronounce aviator (audio) \

Kids Definition of aviator

: the pilot of an aircraft

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