- 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.