astronaut

[ as-truh-nawt, -not ]
/ ˈæs trəˌnɔt, -ˌnɒt /

noun

a person engaged in or trained for spaceflight.

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Origin of astronaut

1925–30; astro- + (aero)naut, probably via French astronaute;see astronautical

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH astronaut

astronaut , cosmonaut
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British Dictionary definitions for astronaut

astronaut
/ (ˈæstrəˌnɔːt) /

noun

a person trained for travelling in spaceSee also cosmonaut

Word Origin for astronaut

C20: from astro- + -naut from Greek nautēs sailor, on the model of aeronaut
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Cultural definitions for astronaut

astronaut

A crew member of a space mission launched by the United States. (See Apollo program and Mercury program.)

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