September 24, 2012
- hangar (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : a shelter for housing and repairing aircraft
- How do you use it?
- At the Air and Space Museum, we wandered from hangar to hangar looking at old planes.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Hangar" comes from a French word. What do you think the root of "hangar" refers to?"Hangar" is often confused with the more common "hanger," a word that refers to the thing you hang clothes on. "Hanger" (with an "e") derives from the verb "to hang," but today's Buzzword, "hangar," comes from a French word that means "shed." The English word "hangar" came into English in the mid-1800s and was first used for a shed especially for carriages. That later changed to housing for aircraft. How can you remember whether to use "hangar" or "hanger"? Remember that a hangar (last syllable spelled with an "a") is for an airplane (which begins with "a").