Definition of monocoque in English:

monocoque

noun

  • An aircraft or vehicle structure in which the chassis is integral with the body.

    • ‘Although companies have used aluminium bodies for years, the XJ's bodyshell is a first, being effectively an aluminium monocoque constructed using aerospace rivet-bonding technology.’
    • ‘The V - 12 Vanquish is built around a central monocoque of bonded and riveted extruded aluminum sections attached to a large carbon fiber transmission tunnel.’
    • ‘Car safety regulations have been refined constantly in recent years, with further improvements introduced this season to strengthen the monocoque and give the driver more protection.’
    • ‘It featured an aluminum monocoque with plastic body panels, possibly attached with adhesives.’
    • ‘A stamped-and-welded steel monocoque may have been well ahead of the welded tube racing car spaceframes of the day, but it's nothing special today.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from French, from mono- single + coque shell.

Pronunciation:

monocoque

/ˈmänəˌkōk//ˈmänəˌkäk/