argonaut

noun

ar·​go·​naut ˈär-gə-ˌnȯt How to pronounce argonaut (audio)
-ˌnät
1
a
capitalized : any of a band of heroes sailing with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece
b
: an adventurer engaged in a quest
2

Examples of argonaut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists have long wondered about the purpose of the argonaut’s paper nautilus. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 18 May 2010 In 1849, several thousand argonauts created a tent city in a South of Market area called Happy Valley. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, 29 May 2020

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of argonaut was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Argonaut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/argonaut. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

argonaut

noun
ar·​go·​naut ˈär-gə-ˌnȯt How to pronounce argonaut (audio)
-ˌnät
1
capitalized : one of a band of heroes sailing with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece
2

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