Hangar or Hanger?

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Hangar or Hanger?

What is the difference between "hangar" and "hanger"?
  • A "hangar" is a large building, typically for housing aircraft.
  • A "hanger" is something to hang clothes on.
hangar or hanger?

More about Hangar and Hanger

Although "hangar" and "hanger" sound similar, their meanings are quite different. They are both nouns.


A "hangar" is a large building with an extensive floor area, which is typically used for housing and maintaining aircraft.

Example sentences with "hangar":
  • Hangars for military aircraft are rarely lined up in neat rows. This defends them against attack from enemy aircraft by ensuring only one hangar can be targeted on each fly-past.
  • Rain will not affect the day too badly. All the fete stalls will be set up in a large hangar.


A "hanger" is an item used to hang things (usually clothing). It can also refer to a person who hangs things, but this is not a common usage.

Example sentences with "hanger":
  • My shirts keep slipping off these hangers.
  • The hangers don't have hooks at the top but studs that sit in the slider on the rail. It's an anti-theft measure. People will steal anything.
  • Will you call the picture hanger? The portrait of the former CEO is noticeably lopsided.
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