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Airplane vs. Aeroplane: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on January 2, 2024
"Airplane" and "aeroplane" have the same meaning, referring to a powered flying vehicle with wings. "Airplane" is the American English term, while "aeroplane" is used in British English.

Key Differences

The words "airplane" and "aeroplane" refer to the same flying vehicle, with the primary difference being their spelling. "Airplane" is the American English version, while "aeroplane" is the British English version. Each word is recognized and understood in both forms of English, although their usage varies regionally.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 02, 2024
The term "airplane" in American English and "aeroplane" in British English both originate from the Greek word 'aēr' meaning 'air' and the French word 'planer' meaning 'to soar'. The difference in spelling reflects the evolution of language and regional preferences in English-speaking countries.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 02, 2024
In literature and media, "airplane" is commonly used in American publications, while "aeroplane" is more likely to appear in British works. This distinction in usage extends to educational texts and aviation literature in the respective regions.
Huma Saeed
Jan 02, 2024
The choice between "airplane" and "aeroplane" can also signify the influence of American or British English on other English-speaking countries. For instance, former British colonies might lean towards "aeroplane," whereas countries with stronger American cultural influence might prefer "airplane."
Harlon Moss
Jan 02, 2024
For English language learners, understanding that "airplane" and "aeroplane" are interchangeable is important. This helps in comprehending texts from different English-speaking regions without confusion over the meaning.
Harlon Moss
Jan 02, 2024
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Airplane
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Region of Predominant Use

American English
British English
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Jan 02, 2024

Variants in Other Countries

Preferred in countries with American influence
Preferred in countries with British influence
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Usage in Literature

Common in American publications
Common in British publications
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Jan 02, 2024

Recognition

Universally recognized but American-centric
Universally recognized but British-centric
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Airplane and Aeroplane Definitions

Airplane

A powered flying vehicle with fixed wings.
The airplane soared gracefully above the clouds.
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Dec 12, 2023

Aeroplane

A vehicle capable of atmospheric flight due to its wing structure.
He dreamed of being an aeroplane pilot as a child.
Harlon Moss
Dec 12, 2023

Airplane

A machine that transports people or cargo through the air.
She took an airplane to visit her family overseas.
Janet White
Dec 12, 2023

Aeroplane

A machine that flies by gaining support from the air.
The museum displayed models of early aeroplanes.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 12, 2023

Airplane

A vehicle designed for air travel, with wings and one or more engines.
The airport was busy with airplanes taking off and landing.
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Dec 12, 2023

Aeroplane

A powered flying vehicle with wings and a tail, used for transport.
An aeroplane flew overhead, leaving a white trail.
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Dec 12, 2023

Airplane

An aircraft heavier than air, propelled by jet or propeller.
The pilot expertly navigated the airplane through the storm.
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Dec 12, 2023

Aeroplane

A heavier-than-air aircraft with fixed wings for lift.
The aeroplane banked sharply to the left during the air show.
Janet White
Dec 12, 2023

Airplane

A mode of transportation that flies in the atmosphere.
Their first airplane ride was an exciting adventure.
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Dec 12, 2023

Aeroplane

A winged aircraft propelled by jet engines or propellers.
They watched the aeroplane ascend into the sky.
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Dec 12, 2023

Airplane

Any of various winged vehicles capable of flight, generally heavier than air and driven by jet engines or propellers.
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Dec 11, 2023

Aeroplane

Variant of airplane.
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Dec 11, 2023

Airplane

A powered heavier-than-air aircraft with fixed wings.
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Dec 11, 2023

Aeroplane

A powered heavier-than-air aircraft with fixed wings.
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Dec 11, 2023

Airplane

(intransitive) To fly in an aeroplane.
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Dec 11, 2023

Airplane

(transitive) To transport by aeroplane.
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Dec 11, 2023

Airplane

A heavier-than-air aircraft. Same as aeroplane{2}.
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Dec 11, 2023

Airplane

An aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets;
The flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane
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Dec 11, 2023

FAQs

"airplane" or "aeroplane"?

Both are correct; "airplane" is American English, and "aeroplane" is British English.
Huma Saeed
Jan 02, 2024

Is "aeroplane" used in American English?

It's less common, with "airplane" being the preferred term.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 02, 2024

Are "airplane" and "aeroplane" the same?

Yes, they refer to the same flying vehicle but have different regional spellings.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 02, 2024

Why do the spellings differ?

The difference reflects the evolution and regional preferences in English.
Janet White
Jan 02, 2024

Does the meaning change with spelling?

No, both words mean the same regardless of spelling.
Harlon Moss
Jan 02, 2024

Can "airplane" refer to military aircraft?

Yes, it includes both civilian and military fixed-wing aircraft.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 02, 2024

Do English learners need to know both terms?

Yes, for comprehensive understanding of regional English variations.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 02, 2024

Can "airplane" be used in British English?

Yes, it's understood but "aeroplane" is more common.
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Jan 02, 2024

Are there pronunciation differences?

Pronunciation is generally the same, though accents may vary.
Janet White
Jan 02, 2024

Are there specific contexts where one term is preferred?

"Airplane" is preferred in American contexts, "aeroplane" in British contexts.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 02, 2024

Do technical definitions differ between "airplane and "aeroplane"?

No, technical definitions are the same in aviation.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 02, 2024

In international travel, which term is more common?

"Airplane" tends to be more common in international travel contexts.
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Jan 02, 2024

Do these terms include all types of aircraft?

They specifically refer to heavier-than-air, powered aircraft with fixed wings.
Harlon Moss
Jan 02, 2024

Is "aeroplane" used in aviation globally?

Yes, but "airplane" is more prevalent in international aviation.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 02, 2024

Is one spelling more modern than the other?

No, both are modern but regionally preferred.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 02, 2024

Are there other differences in aviation terminology?

Some other aviation terms may vary, but these are universally understood.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 02, 2024

Has the usage of these terms changed over time?

The usage has remained fairly consistent, with regional preferences prevailing.
Harlon Moss
Jan 02, 2024

Does the choice of term affect communication in aviation?

No, both terms are understood in the aviation community.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 02, 2024

Are there variations in spelling in other English-speaking countries?

Yes, countries may lean towards either American or British English spellings.
Harlon Moss
Jan 02, 2024

Is one term older than the other?

Both terms originated around the same time in the early 20th century.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 02, 2024
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