aeroplane


aeroplane

noun Chiefly British.

  1. airplane.

noun

  1. a heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wings
n.

1866, from French aéroplane (1855), from Greek aero- “air” (see air (n.1)) + stem of French planer “to soar,” from Latin planus “level, flat” (see plane (n.1)). Originally in reference to surfaces (such as the protective shell casings of beetles’ wings); meaning “heavier than air flying machine” first attested 1873, probably an independent English coinage (see airplane).

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