han·​gar | \ ?ha?-?r How to pronounce hangar (audio) , ?ha?-g?r How to pronounce hangar (audio) \

Definition of hangar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: shelter, shed especially : a covered and usually enclosed area for housing and repairing aircraft


hangared; hangaring; hangars

Definition of hangar (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place or store in a hangar

Examples of hangar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Disney unveiled new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker footage on Instagram that includes a shot of Rey confronting Darth Vader’s mask, leaping out of a ship’s hangar, a closer look at those Stormtrooper desert bikes, and more. Wander around the tarmac and hangars, where old fashioned Bentleys befitting the Great Gatsby are interspersed with vintage biplanes. Take an area half the size of Wisconsin State Fair Park a mile from downtown, fill its center with 16 halls the size of airplane hangars, pack those halls with benches, line the outer ring with amusement rides, and brace for 400,000 visitors a day. Over the years, local thieves have reportedly snuck into the hangar to harvest valuable metals and electronics. The Collings property, with a large hangar, museum building and grass airfield, sits between Lake Boon and the Assabet River. The Montgomery hangar and field – part of the Frank Kohn plantation – made up the nation’s first civilian flying school. These people would be piled into corrugated-metal hangars, which were partitioned into tiny rooms with ineffectual giant fans. Witnesses and authorities have said the Beechcraft BE-350 King Air struggled to gain altitude before veering to the left and crashing into a hangar at the Addison Municipal Airport Sunday morning. Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Leslie Day, a friend who hangared her plane near Ms. Bera’s at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Calif., outside San Diego, estimated in an interview that Ms. Bera had spent the equivalent of more than three years in the pilot’s seat. The issue of high fuel prices came to the board’s attention in late spring when airport tenants – which range from flight schools, to charter aircraft, to hangar renters – began to complain to board members.

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First Known Use of hangar


1852, in the meaning defined above


1943, in the meaning defined above

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1 Dec 2019

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“Hangar.” The magdaesterli.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., http://magdaesterli.com/dictionary/hangar. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of hangar

: a building where aircraft are kept


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Kids Definition of hangar

: a shelter for housing and repairing aircraft

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