[speys-man, -muh n]

noun, plural space·men [speys-men, -muh n] /ˈspeɪsˌmɛn, -mən/.

an astronaut.
a visitor to earth from outer space; extraterrestrial.

Origin of spaceman

First recorded in 1935–40; space + man1

Usage note

See -man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for spaceman

Historical Examples of spaceman

  • For instance, who do you know on Spaceman's Row that can give you a reference?

  • Roger had wound up on Spaceman's Row in Venusport as a matter of course.

    Danger in Deep Space

    Carey Rockwell

  • He just wanted to get away from the deadly humdrum existence on Spaceman's Row.

    Danger in Deep Space

    Carey Rockwell

  • "Spaceman, you are going to say your prayers every night after this," he murmured.

    Treachery in Outer Space

    Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman

  • "Spaceman, this is the biggest hunk of luck we've had in the last two hours," said Roger, taking one of the containers.

    Stand by for Mars!

    Carey Rockwell

British Dictionary definitions for spaceman


feminine spacewoman

noun plural -men or -women

a person who travels in outer space, esp one trained to participate in a space flight
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