Definition of airbus in US English:



  • An aircraft designed to carry a large number of passengers economically, especially over relatively short routes.

    • ‘But by the mid-1990s airbus had made serious inroads on U.S. market shares both here and around the world.’
    • ‘The airbus from Heathrow was almost empty, which you'd expect at 6.34 am, and I sat on the top deck right in front, not caring that the sun was shining into my eyes because the vapour trails in the sky were worth risking blindness for.’
    • ‘Gorgeous airbus, plenty of spare seats and most professional and courteous hostesses/stewards.’
    • ‘We allow airlines in the United States to buy airbus aircraft, they're subsidized by governments in Europe.’
    • ‘A replacement airbus was flown over from Belfast and the fed up passengers eventually left two days later and arrived in Manchester 43 hours later than expected.’


Early 20th century (first recorded in 1910 in reference to a projected type of aircraft, and from the 1960s used as a general term for a short- to medium-range airliner): from air + bus. The Airbus company was formed in 1970 to design and build passenger aircraft.