rock·​e·​teer ˌrä-kə-ˈtir How to pronounce rocketeer (audio)
: one who fires, pilots, or rides in a rocket
: a scientist who specializes in rocketry

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the December 1929 issue, Popular Mechanics covered the pioneering work of the rocketeer Robert H. Goddard. John Brady, Popular Mechanics, 16 Mar. 2021 Despite the help of Nazi rocketeer Wernher Von Braun (played by Sacha Seberg), there are plenty of problems with the Atlas rocket. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 7 Oct. 2020 In 1923, German rocketeer Hermann Oberth first proposed sending telescopes into space to surpass the blur. Popular Mechanics, 30 July 2020 The rocketeer hoped to reach the Kármán line, the point at which Earth's atmosphere and outer space meet, about 62,000 feet above the surface of the globe. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 24 Feb. 2020 Among his subjects are people participating in Mars simulations, those who are enthralled with the search for intelligent alien civilizations, and amateur rocketeers. Robert Ormerod, National Geographic, 9 Apr. 2018 These days any rocketeer wishing to get staggeringly pie-eyed and maybe moon the Moon will have to hitch a ride with another space agency altogether. David Arky, Smithsonian, 20 Mar. 2018 Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik, a banker by day, noted that jobs are making a big comeback, with so many private rocketeers and other aerospace businesses hitting town. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, 4 Feb. 2018 But in the minds of a few rocketeers on both sides of the Iron Curtain, the old idea of the Earth's artificial moon suddenly transformed from an abstract theoretical concept into a potentially practical task. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, 4 Oct. 2017 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rocketeer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rocketeer was in 1832

Dictionary Entries Near rocketeer

Cite this Entry

“Rocketeer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Which Came First?

  • baby chick with a brown egg
  • hot take or cold shoulder?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?