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cosmonaut

[ koz-muh-nawt, -not ]

noun

  1. a Russian or Soviet astronaut.


cosmonaut

/ ˈkɒzməˌnɔːt /

noun

  1. an astronaut, esp in the former Soviet Union


cosmonaut

  1. A crew member of a space mission launched by the former Soviet Union .


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Other Words From

  • cosmo·nautic adjective
  • cosmo·nauti·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cosmonaut1

1955–60; cosmo- + (aero)naut, representing Russian kosmonávt

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cosmonaut1

C20: from Russian kosmonavt, from cosmo- + Greek nautēs sailor; compare Argonaut

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Example Sentences

MobyFoxAs far as we can tell, no astronaut or cosmonaut has taken a smartwatch into space yet.

What’s more, every Soviet R-7 rocket or American Atlas that was used to send an astronaut or cosmonaut to orbit was one fewer that could be used in a theater of war.

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Seven astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station will celebrate the holidays 250 miles above their families on Earth this year.

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It was a risk that Komarov and his fellow cosmonauts knew all too well, and were willing to take.

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Piloting Soyuz 1, the first into orbit, would be Vladimir Komarov, awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union after his first spaceflight in October 1964, and perhaps the most respected cosmonaut after Yuri Gagarin.

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