Meaning of AIRCRAFT in English
air ‧ craft S2 W2 /ˈeəkrɑːft $ ˈerkræft/ BrE AmE noun [countable] ( plural aircraft )
a plane or other vehicle that can fly
⇨ ↑ light aircraft
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▪ plane ( also aeroplane British English ), airplane American English a vehicle that flies in the air and has wings and at least one engine:
The plane took off from John F Kennedy airport.
a passenger plane carrying over 300 people
▪ aircraft a plane or other vehicle that can fly. Aircraft sounds more formal than plane :
Smoking is not allowed on board the aircraft.
He was trained to fly military aircraft.
▪ jet a fast plane with a jet engine:
She owns a private jet.
▪ airliner a large plane that carries people:
a commercial airliner
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012