astronaut

[as-truh-nawt, -not]
noun
a person engaged in or trained for spaceflight.

Origin:
1925–30; astro- + (aero)naut, probably via French astronaute; see astronautical

astronaut, cosmonaut.
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astronaut (ˈæstrəˌnɔːt)
 
n
See also cosmonaut a person trained for travelling in space
 
[C20: from astro- + -naut from Greek nautēs sailor, on the model of aeronaut]

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astronaut
coined 1929 (but popularized 1961) from astro- + nautes "sailor" (see naval). Fr. astronautique (adj.) had been coined 1927 by "J.H. Rosny," pen name of Belgian-born science fiction writer Joseph Henri Honoré Boex (18561940).
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astronaut definition


A crew member of a space mission launched by the United States. (See Apollo program and Mercury program.)

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Example sentences
Blast off with an astronaut on his journey into space.
If the timing is right, day-trippers may also get the chance to meet an
  astronaut and even view a liftoff.
The astronaut said he used a push-and-glide motion similar to cross-country
  skiing when he was on the moon.
Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up.
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