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 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, "The True History of the Aeronauts Who Transformed Our View of the World Above," 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, "The Aeronauts brings the joy and perils of Victorian ballooning to vivid life," 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, "The True History of the Aeronauts Who Transformed Our View of the World Above," 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, "The True Story Behind The Aeronauts," 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, "The True History of the Aeronauts Who Transformed Our View of the World Above," 9 Dec. 2019 British aeronaut Margaret Graham and American aviator Amelia Earhart were also influential as Harper was developing the character. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Aeronauts brings the joy and perils of Victorian ballooning to vivid life," 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, "The True History of the Aeronauts Who Transformed Our View of the World Above," 9 Dec. 2019 Prescot also brought renowned Swedish aeronaut Per Lindstrand aboard to pilot the balloon. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Aeronauts brings the joy and perils of Victorian ballooning to vivid life," 7 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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“Aeronaut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aeronaut. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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