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[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.
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Origin of aeronaut

1775–85; < French aéronaute < Greek āero- aero- + naútēs sailor; cf. nautical, Argonaut
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Related Words for aeronaut

flier, navigator, captain, aviator, leader, pilot, scout, jockey, dean, conductor, lead, bellwether, director, ace, flyer, guide, eagle, aerialist, coxswain, steerer

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Historical Examples of aeronaut

  • The valve was shut by order of the aeronaut, and we descended rapidly.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • "Well, I don't know much about electricity," admitted the aeronaut.

  • "We'll have to get after Andy again," declared the aeronaut.

  • As he pulled out the switch, the aeronaut gave a glance at the apparatus.

  • "I fancied they were spring flowers," said the aeronaut in a stage-aside.

British Dictionary definitions for aeronaut


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