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aeronaut

[air-uh-nawt, -not]
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noun
  1. the pilot of a balloon or other lighter-than-air aircraft.
  2. a traveler in an airship.

Origin of aeronaut

1775–85; < French aéronaute < Greek āero- aero- + naútēs sailor; cf. nautical, Argonaut
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Historical Examples

  • The valve was shut by order of the aeronaut, and we descended rapidly.

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  • "Well, I don't know much about electricity," admitted the aeronaut.

  • "We'll have to get after Andy again," declared the aeronaut.

  • As he pulled out the switch, the aeronaut gave a glance at the apparatus.

  • "I fancied they were spring flowers," said the aeronaut in a stage-aside.


British Dictionary definitions for aeronaut

aeronaut

noun
  1. a person who flies in a lighter-than-air craft, esp the pilot or navigator
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