- a person engaged in or trained for spaceflight.
Origin of astronaut
Examples from the Web for astronaut
Contemporary Examples of astronaut
Her long-term boyfriend Dave Clark is head of ‘astronaut relations’ for Virgin Galactic.Princess Beatrice Gives Up Her Virgin Galactic Dream
November 3, 2014
I asked a former NASA astronaut, who cannot be quoted on the record, to look at photographs of the debris.Clues From SpaceShipTwo’s Wreckage: Did the Crew Compartment Fail?
November 2, 2014
“The astronaut phenomenon is destroying the Iraqi army,” one officer, Kadhim al-Shammari, told us.
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The Iraqi army is suffering badly from what locals describe as the “astronaut phenomenon.”
“If I had said I wanted to be an astronaut, they would have been like ‘Do it’,” Rivers told me.Joan Rivers: 'Death Is Like Plastic Surgery'
September 4, 2014
Historical Examples of astronaut
- a person trained for travelling in spaceSee also cosmonaut
Word Origin for astronaut
Word Origin and History for astronaut
coined 1929 in science fiction, popularized from 1961 by U.S. space program, from astro- + nautes "sailor" (see naval). French astronautique (adj.) had been coined 1927 by "J.H. Rosny," pen name of Belgian-born science fiction writer Joseph Henri Honoré Boex (1856-1940) on model of aéronautique, and Astronaut was used in 1880 as the name of a fictional spaceship by English writer Percy Greg (1836-1889) in "Across the Zodiac."