Word of the Week

Aerial (adjective)


Meaning – something existing, happening or operating the air.


Example of using it in a sentence: "During WW1 and WW2 there were lots of aerial battles.”


It can so mean – a rod, wire or other structure by which signals are transmitted or received as part of a radio, television transmission or receiving system.


Spelling Tip – the tricky bit hear is the aer which is the Greek for ‘air’. Any words with ‘aer’ relate to the air like aeroplane, aerospace, aeronaut. The Latin added the ‘i’ as in aerius meaning 'in the air'. Then during the 16th century the English added the ‘al’ to aerial meaning the new word had the form of the root word and meant as thin as air and imaginary – just think about those radio waves in the olden days.


aer + i + al


Use the word as many times throughout the week as you can. This can be verbally, in your written work or listen out for other people using it.


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