Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who operates an aircraft; a pilot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An aircraft pilot. The use of the word may imply claims of superior airmanship, as in navy aviator vs. air force pilot.
  • n. An experimenter in aviation.
  • n. A flying machine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An experimenter in aviation.
  • n. A flying machine.
  • n. The driver or pilot of an aircraft, especially of an airplane.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flying-machine employing the principle of the aëroplane.
  • n. One who directs the course of a flying-machine or who practises the art of flying or gliding through the air.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who operates an aircraft

Etymologies

French aviateur, from aviation, aviation; see aviation.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French aviateur (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • However, the title of aviator during that era carried with it the same aura of excitement, danger and daring that the title of astronaut would bring with it forty years later.

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  • Sitting behind the counter, a guy in aviator sun glasses, a military brush cut, and uniform creases that could cut wood.

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  • After nightfall, an urban setting to the aviator is a mostly undifferentiated cluster of cultural lighting.

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