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cosmonaut

[koz-muh-nawt, -not] /ˈkɒz məˌnɔt, -ˌnɒt/
noun
1.
a Russian or Soviet astronaut.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; cosmo- + (aero)naut, representing Russian kosmonávt
Related forms
cosmonautic, adjective
cosmonautically, adverb
Can be confused
astronaut, cosmonaut.
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Examples from the web for cosmonaut
  • But with the exception of a few astronaut and cosmonaut artists, no present-day artist has been in space.
  • Further, your comparison of cosmonaut to astronaut deaths is unfair.
  • Alex's boyhood idol, a cosmonaut who now occupies a reduced station in life, becomes part of the imposture.
British Dictionary definitions for cosmonaut

cosmonaut

/ˈkɒzməˌnɔːt/
noun
1.
an astronaut, esp in the former Soviet Union
Word Origin
C20: from Russian kosmonavt, from cosmo- + Greek nautēs sailor; compare Argonaut
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Word Origin and History for cosmonaut
n.

1959, Englishing of Russian kosmonavt, ultimately from Greek kosmos (see cosmos) + nautes "sailor" (see naval).

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cosmonaut in Culture

cosmonaut definition


A crew member of a space mission launched by the former Soviet Union.

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