- a combining form meaning “world,” “universe,” used in the formation of compound words: cosmography; in contemporary usage, sometimes representing Russian kosmo-, it may mean “outer space,” “space travel,” or “cosmic ray”: cosmonaut.
Also especially before a vowel, cosm-.
Origin of cosmo-
< Greek kosmo-, combining form of kósmos cosmos
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before a vowel cosm-
- indicating the world or universecosmology; cosmonaut; cosmography
from Greek: cosmos
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Word Origin and History for cosmo-
before a vowel cosm-, word-forming element from Latinized form of Greek kosmos (see cosmos). In older use, "the world, the universe;" since 1950s, especially of outer space.
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