bal·​loon·​ist | \ bə-ˈlü-nist How to pronounce balloonist (audio) \

Definition of balloonist

: a person who operates or rides in a balloon

Examples of balloonist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1912, a young meteorologist and champion balloonist named Alfred Wegener proposed that the continents had once fit together but then drifted apart. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2020 At its base lies a large circular meadow protected from wind—a hot-air balloonist’s paradise. Bill Newcott, National Geographic, 22 Sep. 2020 In 1859 balloonist John Wise traveled 809 miles in just under 20 hours. Anthony Perry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2020 Phlegm covered one end of the 118-foot-high block with wry, black-and-white portraits of early aviators and balloonists; HENSE plastered colorful, abstract forms on the other. National Geographic, 11 May 2020 One of them was a Swiss hydronaut named Jacques Piccard, whose father, the hot-air balloonist Auguste Piccard, had designed it. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 10 May 2020 Just in time for the holiday season, Amazon Studios has released The Aeronauts, a soaring historical adventure film about the perils faced by a Victorian scientist and a balloonist attempting to fly higher than anyone before them. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 7 Dec. 2019 The film, which cost $40 million to make, stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as 19th-century balloonists. Jake Coyle, USA TODAY, 8 Dec. 2019 Amelia was actually inspired by several historical female aeronauts, most notably Sophie Blanchard, the first woman to find work as a professional balloonist when her balloonist husband, Jean-Pierre, died. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of balloonist

1784, in the meaning defined above

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“Balloonist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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