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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): [ˈɛə̯.ɹə.pleɪ̯n], dated IPA(key): [ˈeɪ.əɹ-]
- (Standard Southern British) IPA(key): [ˈɛː.ɹə.plɛjn]
- (MLE) IPA(key): [ˈɛː.ɹow.plejn], [ˈɛː.ɹow.pleːn]
- (General Australian) IPA(key): [ˈɛː.ɹ(ə).plɛɪ̯n]
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɛɚ.ə.pleɪ̯n/
- Hyphenation: ae‧ro‧plane
aeroplane (plural aeroplanes)
- (aviation, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Singapore, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia) Synonym of . A powered heavier-than-air aircraft with fixed wings.
- (aeronautics, archaic, obsolete) Synonym of . An aerodynamic surface.
- Any of various nymphalid butterflies, of various genera, having a slow gliding flight. Also called planes.
- Aeroplane was the predominant spelling in the US until the 1920s, and is still used idiolectally among some American speakers.
- Canada officially uses aeroplane, but the spelling airplane has become much more common as a result of US influence.
- Airplane has also become a usual variant in most other areas, but is considered informal.
airplane — see airplane
- (intransitive) To fly in an aeroplane.
- (transitive) To transport by aeroplane.
- 1919, The American Angler, volume 4, page 221:
- The rod was discarded, and then, hand over hand, the prize of them all was aeroplaned to the top of the cliff.