EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Classical Mythology a member of the band of men who sailed to Colchis with Jason in the ship Argo in search of the Golden Fleece. ( sometimes lowercase) a person in quest of something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer. a person who moved to California during the gold rush of 1849. Origin of Argonaut
crewman of the ship
nautical Related forms Ar·go·nau·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for argonaut Historical Examples of argonaut
Inconspicuously I stepped into the
Argonaut and up the stairs to Blythe's room.
A week's journey from the settlements showed the
argonaut a new world.
On her desk lay her own neat copy of the story which she was preparing for the
We have not spoken of the Chancellor as an
argonaut, of the Chancellor as a colonizer.
It had wheels underneath so that it could be towed on the bottom by the
Argonaut. British Dictionary definitions for argonaut noun Greek myth one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece a person who took part in the Californian gold rush of 1849 Derived Forms Argonautic, adjective Word Origin for Argonaut
C16: from Greek
Argonautēs, from Argō the name of Jason's ship + nautēs sailor
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Word Origin and History for argonaut n.
"sailor of the Argo," 1580s (implied in
argonautic), from Argo + Greek nautes "sailor" (see naval). Adventurers in the California Gold Rush of 1848 were called argonauts (because they sought the golden fleece) by those who stayed home.
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