Definition of aeronaut
: one who operates or travels in an airship or balloon
Recent Examples of aeronaut from the Web
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.
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Origin and Etymology of aeronaut
French aéronaute, from aér- aer- + Greek nautēs sailor — more at nautical
First Known Use: 1784
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