[ air-uh-nawt, -not ]
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  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

Words Nearby aeronaut Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use aeronaut in a sentence

  • “Madam,” said the aeronaut addressing Miss Sallie, but looking at Barbara, who stood by her side.

  • I was obsessed, I suppose, by that perpetual dread of the modern aeronaut, a flash between engine and balloon.

    Tono Bungay | H. G. Wells
  • However, he insisted, and he finally persuaded the famous aeronaut Green to take him up.

    The Romance of Aircraft | Lawrence Yard Smith
  • Greatly improved in construction it came into its true and important rle as the “life-belt” of the aeronaut.

    The Romance of Aircraft | Lawrence Yard Smith
  • On every clear day when the wind was favorable, the plucky little aeronaut was out, learning to use his new-found wings.

    The Romance of Aircraft | Lawrence Yard Smith

British Dictionary definitions for aeronaut


/ (ˈɛərəˌnɔːt) /

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

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