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[speys-man, -muh n] /ˈspeɪsˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural spacemen
[speys-men, -muh n] /ˈspeɪsˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
an astronaut.
a visitor to earth from outer space; extraterrestrial.
Origin of spaceman
First recorded in 1935-40; space + man1
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For instance, who do you know on spaceman's Row that can give you a reference?

  • Roger had wound up on spaceman's Row in Venusport as a matter of course.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
  • He just wanted to get away from the deadly humdrum existence on spaceman's Row.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
  • "spaceman, you are going to say your prayers every night after this," he murmured.

    Treachery in Outer Space Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  • "spaceman, this is the biggest hunk of luck we've had in the last two hours," said Roger, taking one of the containers.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
  • You'd certainly create a sensation if you walked into the spaceman's Rendezvous in Jovopolis.

  • "spaceman's luck, sir," said Tom, shaking Captain Strong's hand.

  • "spaceman's luck," yelled Tom as the officer and the cadet ran toward the waiting ship.

  • This was spaceman's Row, and it dated back to Venusport's first rough and tough pioneering days.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
  • On spaceman's Row, Roger found the new freedom from discipline enjoyable at first, but now the novelty had worn off.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
British Dictionary definitions for spaceman


noun (pl) -men, -women
a person who travels in outer space, esp one trained to participate in a space flight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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