cosmonautic

cosmonaut

[koz-muh-nawt, -not]
noun
a Russian or Soviet astronaut.

Origin:
1955–60; cosmo- + (aero)naut, representing Russian kosmonávt

cosmonautic, adjective
cosmonautically, adverb

astronaut, cosmonaut.
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cosmonaut (ˈkɒzməˌnɔːt)
 
n
an astronaut, esp in the former Soviet Union
 
[C20: from Russian kosmonavt, from cosmo- + Greek nautēs sailor; compare Argonaut]

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cosmonaut
1959, Anglicization of Rus. kosmonavt, ult. from Gk. kosmos (see cosmos) + nautes "sailor" (see naval).
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cosmonaut definition


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

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