September 24, 2012
hangar (noun)
\HANG-er\ Hear it!
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").
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