space·​man | \ ˈspās-ˌman How to pronounce spaceman (audio) , -mən \

Definition of spaceman

1 : one who travels outside the earth's atmosphere
2 : a visitor to earth from outer space

Examples of spaceman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately, the spaceman suffered a fall in an earthbound bathroom that left him with a chronic dizziness, which forced him to abandon the race. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why John Glenn Couldn’t Escape the Hero Label," 9 Dec. 2020 So this is what podcasting would look like if a far-future spaceman explored the lost corners of an infinite computer. Darren Franich,, "The Midnight Gospel is a heartfelt cosmic masterpiece: Review," 7 May 2020 Clunky dialogue simultaneously explains too much while not explaining enough, and the initial standoff between the spacemen and the cryptic machine-defenders goes on too long for the allegory Blood Machines clearly is. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "At the end of time and space are phat beats: Blood Machines movie review," 20 May 2020 If the Air Force has airmen and the Navy has seamen, will Space Force personnel be spacemen? Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Space Force Could Be Up and Running in 90 Days," 18 Sep. 2019 At the time, the Soviets were beating America at every turn in the space race, with the first satellite, Sputnik, and the first spaceman, Yuri Gagarin. Washington Post, "Apollo 11 at 50: Celebrating first steps on another world," 13 July 2019 The cosmonauts were later greeted by President Gerald R. Ford on a visit to the White House, and the US spacemen toured the Soviet Union as guests of the cosmonauts., "Alexei Leonov, the Russian cosmonaut who became the first man to walk in space, a thrilling feat that nearly cost him his life but raised Soviet prestige during the Cold War space race against the United States, died Friday in Moscow. He was 85.," 12 Oct. 2019 The cosmonauts were later greeted by President Gerald R. Ford on a visit to the White House and the American spacemen toured the Soviet Union as guests of the cosmonauts. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Aleksei Leonov, First to Walk in Space, Dies at 85," 11 Oct. 2019 After tomorrow’s milestone, the spacemen will have just 27 million kilometers to go before reaching the Red Planet. David Canfield,, "The Relentless Moon: Get a first look at the otherworldly follow-up to The Calculating Stars," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of spaceman

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spaceman was in 1932

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“Spaceman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spaceman

informal : a person (especially a man) who travels in a spacecraft into outer space
in stories : a visitor to Earth from outer space

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