[ak-wuh-nawt, -not, ah-kwuh-]


an undersea explorer, especially one who skin-dives from or lives for an extended period of time in a submerged dwelling.
a skin-diver.

Origin of aquanaut

1880–85; aqua- + -naut, on the model of aeronaut, astronaut, etc. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for aquanaut



a person who lives and works underwater
a person who swims or dives underwater

Word Origin for aquanaut

C20: from aqua + -naut, as in astronaut
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Word Origin and History for aquanaut

1881, from aqua- + ending from Greek nautes "sailor" (see naval).

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