One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A traveller in a hot-air balloon, airship, or other flying craft.
airman, airwoman, flyerView synonyms
- ‘After experimenting for several years, the young aeronaut was about to make - perhaps - the first powered airplane flight in history.’
- ‘The aeronauts tested a three-winged glider, but when the lower wing kept catching on the dunes Avery removed it.’
- ‘Orville is the world's first aeronaut in a short flight lasting just 12 seconds and covering 37 metres.’
- ‘Cartier designed the first wristwatch so the aeronaut could check the time without removing his hands from the controls.’
- ‘Ironically, the dunes remaining are not the ones from which the famous aeronauts tried their flying machines.’
Late 18th century: from French aéronaute, from Greek aēr ‘air’ + nautēs ‘sailor’.
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