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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Not a vestige of the
Argonauts ever turned up; not a sound came out of the waste.
When the quest of the
Argonauts was ended, Orpheus returned to his own land of Thrace.
A similar interpretation is possible of the expedition of the
Argonauts came out into the open sea—the Black Sea.
All signs of life except those of other
argonauts disappeared. British Dictionary definitions for argonauts 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 argonauts 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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Argonauts [( ahr-guh-nawts)] Note Naut means “sailor” in Greek and is the root of our word nautical. Today, the word is used to coin terms such as astronaut and aquanaut.
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