Aviator



a pilot of an airplane or other heavier-than-air aircraft.
Contemporary Examples

Cordice was the son of a North Carolina doctor, but he had hoped to become an engineer and an aviator like Charles Lindbergh.
The Black and White Men Who Saved Martin Luther King’s Life Michael Daly January 19, 2014

He grew up in Murdo, S.D., population 612, the son of a World War II aviator and war hero.
The GOP’s Fresh 2012 Faces Mark McKinnon May 12, 2010

In 2004, she won again for The aviator, which spanned the first half of the 20th century.
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But we can recognize that heavy-handed corruption ought to belong to the era of flamboyant comb-overs and aviator glasses.
The Real Story and Lesson of the Abscam Sting in ‘American Hustle’ Jimmy So December 16, 2013

The most clear case for a no-fly zone was made by former Marine aviator Scott Cooper in the Washington Post.
How Not To Intervene In Syria Ali Gharib May 2, 2013

Historical Examples

“It is the same,” said the aviator, all trace of ill-humour vanishing as they shook hands.
With Haig on the Somme D. H. Parry

He suggested nothing to Greene; the rest was decidedly up to the aviator.
The Boy Scouts on the Trail George Durston

Night-flying is one of the most hazardous duties of the aviator, the chief danger being in landing.
America’s Munitions 1917-1918 Benedict Crowell

The aviator went out with him, and when they were outside he slapped him on the back.
The Boy Scouts on the Trail George Durston

From above came a familiar sound, especially to the ear of an aviator.
Air Service Boys Flying for Victory Charles Amory Beach

noun
(old-fashioned) the pilot of an aeroplane or airship; flyer
n.

“aircraft pilot,” 1887, from French aviateur, from Latin avis (see aviary) + -ateur. Also used c.1891 in a sense of “aircraft.” Feminine form aviatrix is from 1927; earlier aviatrice (1910), aviatress (1911).

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