Sputnik

noun
Sput·​nik | \ ˈspu̇t-nik How to pronounce Sputnik (audio) , ˈspət-, ˈspüt- \

Definition of Sputnik

: any of a series of earth-orbiting satellites launched by the Soviet Union beginning in 1957

First Known Use of Sputnik

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Sputnik

Russian, literally, traveling companion, from s, so with + put' path

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“Sputnik.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sputnik. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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