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Argonaut

[ahr-guh-nawt, -not] /ˈɑr gəˌnɔt, -ˌnɒt/
noun
1.
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.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) a person in quest of something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer.
3.
a person who moved to California during the gold rush of 1849.
4.
(lowercase) paper nautilus.
Origin of Argonaut
< Latin Argonauta < Greek Argonaútēs crewman of the ship Argo; see nautical
Related forms
Argonautic, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • 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 Emerson Hough
  • 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 Various
  • All first experiences, however, have not been so pleasant as that of the Argonaut's trial.

  • It had wheels underneath so that it could be towed on the bottom by the Argonaut.

  • Every Argonaut, indeed, was a kind of explorer as well as seeker of gold.

    Theodore Watts-Dunton James Douglas
  • Indeed, the Argonaut is more properly a "sea motorcycle" than a "boat."

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • He was the son of an Argonaut who had been reckless in business and most indulgent to his boy.

    The Comstock Club Charles Carroll Goodwin
  • We waited through the day and into the sable night, but the Argonaut did not return.

    The Peacemaker Alfred Coppel
British Dictionary definitions for Argonaut

Argonaut

/ˈɑːɡəˌnɔːt/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece
2.
a person who took part in the Californian gold rush of 1849
3.
another name for the paper nautilus
Derived Forms
Argonautic, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Greek Argonautēs, from Argō the name of Jason's ship + nautēs sailor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Argonaut
n.

"sailor of the Argo," 1580s (implied in argonautic), from Argo + Greek nautes "sailor" (see naval). Adventurers in the California Gold Rush of 1848 were called argonauts (because they sought the golden fleece) by those who stayed home.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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