- Classical Mythology. a member of the band of men who sailed to Colchis with Jason in the ship Argo in search of the Golden Fleece.
- (sometimes lowercase) a person in quest of something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer.
- a person who moved to California during the gold rush of 1849.
- (lowercase) paper nautilus.
Origin of Argonaut
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Examples from the Web for argonaut
Inconspicuously I stepped into the Argonaut and up the stairs to Blythe's room.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
A week's journey from the settlements showed the argonaut a new world.The Story of the Outlaw
On her desk lay her own neat copy of the story which she was preparing for the Argonaut.The Time of Roses
L. T. Meade
We have not spoken of the Chancellor as an argonaut, of the Chancellor as a colonizer.The Arena
It had wheels underneath so that it could be towed on the bottom by the Argonaut.The Submarine in War and Peace
- Greek myth one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece
- a person who took part in the Californian gold rush of 1849
- another name for the paper nautilus
C16: from Greek Argonautēs, from Argō the name of Jason's ship + nautēs sailor
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Word Origin and History for argonaut
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