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Airplane or Aeroplane?

The Quick Answer
What is the difference between airplane and aeroplane?

Airplane is the American spelling.
Aeroplane is the non-American spelling.

Airplane or Aeroplane?

Writers are often confused whether to use airplane or aeroplane. Airplane is the preferred spelling in American English, while aeroplane is the preferred spelling in British English.

Example Sentences with Airplane and Aeroplane

Below is an example of aeroplane in a British publication.
  • An international force of ships, aeroplanes, drones and satellites is scouring the southern Indian Ocean to find the wreckage of MH370. ()
  • (This is from the British newspaper The Times.)
Below are some examples of airplane in American publications.
  • Airplane travel is nature's way of making you look like your passport
    photo. ()
  • (This is a quote from American politician Al Gore.)
  • Students designed, built, and modified paper airplanes based on the physics of flight. They were inspired by a Times article about the Perlan
    Project. ()
  • (This is from The New York Times.)
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Note

Most Brits Will Accept Airplane

Airplane is becoming increasingly common in British English and is now accepted by most people who follow British English writing conventions. However, few Americans would accept aeroplane.

Airport Not Aeroport

The word aeroport is not British English. It's French. The British English word is airport (like the American).