from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metal structure, such as an aircraft, in which the skin absorbs all or most of the stresses to which the body is subjected.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A structure design in which the frame and body are built as a single integrated structure.
French : mono-, mono- + coque, shell (from Old French, from Latin coccum, berry, from Greek kokkos).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1914: from the French monocoque. (Wiktionary)