aeronaut

noun
aero·naut | \ˈer-ə-ˌnȯt, -ˌnät\

Definition of aeronaut 

: one who operates or travels in an airship or balloon

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The wingtips of the most accomplished aeronauts are longer relative to their hand bones. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Why Are Bird Eggs Egg-Shaped? An Eggsplainer," 22 June 2017 As a result, common swifts are among nature’s greatest aeronauts, superbly adapted for a life spent largely in the skies. National Geographic, "These Birds Fly Almost a Year Without Landing," 27 Oct. 2016 A pair of French aeronauts touched down yesterday in western Portugal less than three miles from the Atlantic to win the oldest, and perhaps simplest, aeronautical race in the world. Jason Paur, WIRED, "World’s Oldest, And Perhaps Slowest, Air Race," 10 Sep. 2009

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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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