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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 The Alien Research Center in Hiko, Nev. spots a massive, silver spaceman hanging at the front door of the souvenir shop. Fox News, "'Storm Area 51': Strange times out on the 'Extraterrestrial Highway'," 19 Sep. 2019 Armstrong became arguably the most famous spaceman of all time a half-century ago this weekend (July 20, 1969) as the first human to step foot on the moon, with buddy Buzz Aldrin hard on his heels. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Bill Lee is one of a kind — but you knew that," 20 July 2019 At the time, the Soviets were beating America at every turn in the space race, with the first satellite, Sputnik, the first spaceman, Yuri Gagarin, and the first lunar probes., "Apollo 11 at 50: Celebrating first steps on another world," 20 July 2019 Fall’s hard-hitting metallics bring cosmic cool down to the streets—and translate spaceman shimmer into sporty chic. Jamie Hawkesworth, Vogue, "Rise and Shine: See the Best Metallic Looks for Fall," 25 Sep. 2018 Kenzo’s take on space falls in the backward-looking camp, with its nostalgic spaceman graphics referencing the sci-fi films of Mr. Leon’s youth, as well as the days when Neil Armstrong was walking on the moon. Wilbert L. Cooper, WSJ, "Why Men Are Looking to Space for Style Tips," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of spaceman

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Dec 2019

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“Spaceman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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