from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The central body of an aircraft, to which the wings and tail assembly are attached and which accommodates the crew, passengers, and cargo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The main body of a winged aerospace vehicle; the long central structure of an aircraft to which the wings (or rotors), tail, and engines are attached, and which accommodates crew and cargo

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The central, approximately cylindrical portion of an airplane which carries the passengers, crew, and cargo. It usually forms the main structural portion of an airplane, and to it are typically attached the wings, tail, and sometimes the engines. In single-propeller airplanes, the propeller is typically fixed at the front of the fuselage, although variants have been produced with the propeller at the rear. Some airplanes have no fuselage, properly so called.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the central body of an airplane that is designed to accommodate the crew and passengers (or cargo)


French, from fuselé, spindle-shaped, from Old French fusel, spindle, from Vulgar Latin *fūsellus, diminutive of Latin fūsus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fuselage, from fuselé ("spindle-shaped"), from Old French *fus (“spindle”), from Latin fusus ("spindle"). So named for its shape; in English since 1909. (Wiktionary)



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