aeronaut

noun
aero·​naut | \ ˈer-ə-ˌnȯt How to pronounce aeronaut (audio) , -ˌnät \

Definition of aeronaut

: one who operates or travels in an airship or balloon

Examples of aeronaut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a land of promoters and dreamers, Thaddeus Lowe was a standout visionary, a scientific autodidact who came to California more than 20 years after his service as creator and chief aeronaut of the Union Army balloon corps. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 The mystery aeronaut has been spotted at least twice before, in the summer and fall, but now there’s video, posted to the Instagram account of the Sling Pilot Academy, a local aviation school. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 26 Dec. 2020 Jacques was the son of Auguste, similarly renowned as an aeronaut, inventor and physicist. Cnn Staff; Story By Tom Page, CNN, 2 Oct. 2020 Directed by Tom Harper, the movie is inspired by the true story of Victorian scientist James Glaisher and the aeronaut Henry Coxwell. Jennifer Tucker, Smithsonian, 9 Dec. 2019 Intrepid aeronauts of the past really did make a parachute of the balloon and witness butterflies at surprisingly high altitudes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 7 Dec. 2019 Directed by Tom Harper, the movie is inspired by the true story of Victorian scientist James Glaisher and the aeronaut Henry Coxwell. Jennifer Tucker, Smithsonian, 9 Dec. 2019 The Aeronauts follows the adventures of James Glaisher, a scientist, and Amelia Wren, a flamboyant aeronaut who lost her husband in a hot air balloon accident. Rachael Bunyan, Time, 9 Dec. 2019 Directed by Tom Harper, the movie is inspired by the true story of Victorian scientist James Glaisher and the aeronaut Henry Coxwell. Jennifer Tucker, Smithsonian, 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of aeronaut

1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aeronaut

borrowed from French aéronaute, from aéro- aero- + -naute (as in Argonaute argonaut), borrowed from Greek naútēs "sailor" — more at nautical

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The first known use of aeronaut was in 1784

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22 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Aeronaut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aeronaut. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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