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Definition of pilot noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person who operates the controls of an aircraft, especially as a job an airline pilot a fighter pilot The accident was caused by pilot error. see also autopilot, co-pilot, test pilot
  2. 2a person with special knowledge of a difficult area of water, for example the entrance to a harbor, whose job is to guide ships through it
  3. 3a single television program that is made in order to find out whether people will like it and want to watch further programs
  4. 4= pilot light
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pilot