- 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
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."