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
Its primary goal was to test parachutes and other equipment for pilots and
  astronauts.
Astronauts must bring what they need, including oxygen, because they cannot
  rely on their environment to provide it.
Smashed bits of space equipment orbit along with items dropped by astronauts,
  including tools and the odd glove.
Three astronauts were on board, with their mission expected to last about three
  days.
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