Definition of pilot adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpaɪlət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪlət//
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[only before noun] done on a small scale in order to see if something is successful enough to do on a large scale a pilot project/study/survey a pilot episode (= of a radio or television series) Word Originearly 16th cent. (denoting a person who steers a ship): from French pilote, from medieval Latin pilotus, an alteration of pedota, based on Greek pēdon ‘oar’, (plural) ‘rudder’.
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