aeronaut

[air-uh-nawt, -not]
noun
1.
the pilot of a balloon or other lighter-than-air aircraft.
2.
a traveler in an airship.

Origin:
1775–85; < French aéronaute < Greek āero- aero- + naútēs sailor; cf. nautical, Argonaut

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aeronaut (ˈɛərəˌnɔːt)
 
n
a person who flies in a lighter-than-air craft, esp the pilot or navigator

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