ar·​go·​naut | \ ˈär-gə-ˌnȯt How to pronounce argonaut (audio) , -ˌnät \

Definition of argonaut

1a capitalized : any of a band of heroes sailing with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece
b : an adventurer engaged in a quest

Examples of argonaut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1849, several thousand argonauts created a tent city in a South of Market area called Happy Valley. Gary Kamiya,, 29 May 2020

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First Known Use of argonaut

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for argonaut

Latin Argonautes, from Greek Argonautēs, from Argō, ship in which the Argonauts sailed + nautēs sailor — more at nautical

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“Argonaut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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