bal·​loon·​ist bə-ˈlü-nist How to pronounce balloonist (audio)
: a person who operates or rides in a balloon

Examples of balloonist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pilot was identified in news reports as veteran balloonist Chris Ritland, a pilot at Quechee Balloon Rides, a tourism company offering scenic rides over Vermont's picturesque villages, farms, and covered bridges. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2023 At the time, Jim Henson was sponsoring a balloonist. Lauren Daley,, 13 July 2023 There are racquetball and handball players, even a hot air balloonist. Jacob Gurvis, Sun Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2023 Among hobby balloonists, there are suspicions that a balloon declared missing by the Northern Illinois Bottlecap Brigade was one of the ones shot down, as the publication Aviation Week Network first reported. Ellen Knickmeyer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Feb. 2023 The list is so impressive that Taylor, in his catalogue essay, rightly compares Ray to Nadar, the 19th-century portrait photographer (and pioneering balloonist), who compiled an unrivaled photographic record of the great artists, writers and other celebrities of his own era. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 And $12 gets hobby balloonists — who use balloons for ham radio or just for the pleasure of launching and tracking — balloons capable of getting up to 40,000 feet and higher. Ellen Knickmeyer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balloonist was in 1784

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“Balloonist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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