Meaning of PILOT in English


/ ˈpaɪlət; NAmE / noun , verb , adjective

■ noun


a person who operates the controls of an aircraft, especially as a job :

an airline pilot

a fighter pilot

The accident was caused by pilot error.

—see also automatic pilot , autopilot , co-pilot , test pilot


a person with special knowledge of a difficult area of water, for example, the entrance to a harbour , whose job is to guide ships through it


a single television programme that is made in order to find out whether people will like it and want to watch further programmes


= pilot light

■ verb [ vn ]


to fly an aircraft or guide a ship; to act as a pilot :

The plane was piloted by the instructor.

The captain piloted the boat into a mooring.


pilot sth (through sth) to guide sb/sth somewhere, especially through a complicated place or system :

She piloted a bill on the rights of part-time workers through parliament.


to test a new product, idea, etc. with a few people or in a small area before it is introduced everywhere

■ adjective

[ only before noun ] done on a small scale in order to see if sth is successful enough to do on a large scale :

a pilot project / study / survey

a pilot episode (= of a radio or television series)



early 16th cent. (denoting a person who steers a ship): from French pilote , from medieval Latin pilotus , an alteration of pedota , based on Greek pēdon oar, (plural) rudder.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.