Meaning of aeronef in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛːrə(ʊ)nɛf/


historical, rare Aeronautics
  • A flying machine, an aircraft; specifically (a) a lighter-than-air flying machine, a balloon, especially a dirigible balloon, an airship; (b) a heavier-than-air flying machine, especially an aeroplane.

    In earlier use often as a rendering of or with reference to French use of the word. The varying denotation of the word in English partly reflects similar variation in French.


Mid 19th century. From French aéronef kind of airship, heavier-than-air aircraft from aéro- + nef ship.