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 The series will delve into Aoki’s colorful life as a mogul and businessman, from founding Benihana to being an Olympic wrestler, professional speed boat racer, hot air balloonist, and nightclub impresario. Joe Otterson, Variety, 8 June 2022 In 1912, Alfred Wegener, a dashing German meteorologist and record-setting balloonist, concurred, and further suggested that the landmasses once composed a supercontinent, which broke into pieces that drifted apart. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 26 Oct. 2021 Willbanks lives in Georgia and has been a balloon pilot since 1975 and a full time commercial balloonist since 1980., 17 July 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of balloonist

1784, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2022

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“Balloonist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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