balloonist

noun
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 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, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 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, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 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, "The Aeronauts brings the joy and perils of Victorian ballooning to vivid life," 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, "'Frozen 2' threepeats at No. 1, heads for $1B worldwide," 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, "The Aeronauts brings the joy and perils of Victorian ballooning to vivid life," 7 Dec. 2019 Amelia Wren is a composite character, drawn from real-life figures Sophie Blanchard, the first professional woman balloonist, and Margaret Graham, the first British woman to make a solo balloon flight, in 1826. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Aeronauts Is Deflated by a Too-Simplistic Tale of Female Adventure," 6 Dec. 2019 The writers have taken great pains while inventing Jones’ character, Amelia Wren, an amalgam of real pioneering female balloonists, to give her a tragic backstory in line with the women who took to the skies at great risk of life and limb. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "Movie review: ‘The Aeronauts’ falls flat," 5 Dec. 2019 In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris.," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of balloonist

1784, in the meaning defined above

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“Balloonist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balloonist. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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