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[uh-stron-uh-mer] /əˈstrɒn ə mər/
an expert in astronomy; a scientific observer of the celestial bodies.
Origin of astronomer
1325-75; Middle English; see astronomy, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for astronomer
  • Before and after the accident, the astronomer demands to be the sun in her domestic solar system.
  • The astronomer said that expressing the color for popular viewing was not even part of the original scientific experiment.
  • He always joked that he had become an astronomer by marrying one.
  • Not every astronomer thinks that adjustments will be arduous.
  • He was by profession a skilled commercial illustrator and by avocation a highly regarded amateur astronomer.
  • The non-astronomer should have an idea of the benefits that such a telescope could bring.
  • No one really knows, but a bright plume of unknown material was spotted by an amateur astronomer.
  • The line between amateur and professional astronomer has always been thin.
  • He was also an amateur astronomer and an accomplished photographer.
British Dictionary definitions for astronomer


a scientist who studies astronomy
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Word Origin and History for astronomer

late 14c., from astronomy (q.v.), replacing French import astronomyen (c.1300), which, had it survived, probably would have yielded *astronomian. Still in Shakespeare used in places where we would write astrologer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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