- designating or of a kind of construction, as of a rocket, in which the skin or outer shell bears all or most of the stresses
- designating or of a kind of construction, as of some racing cars, in which the body and chassis are a unit
Origin of monocoqueFrench from mono-, mono- + coque, a shell from Classical Latin coccum, scarlet berry from Classical Greek kokkos, a seed
A metal structure, such as an aircraft, in which the skin absorbs all or most of the stresses to which the body is subjected.
Origin of monocoqueFrench mono- mono- coque shell ( from Old French) ( from Latin coccum berry ) ( from Greek kokkos )
First attested in 1914: from the French monocoque.