Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pilot or navigator of a lighter-than-air craft, such as a balloon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who glides through the air in an airship or balloon
  • n. balloonist

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An aërial navigator; a balloonist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who sails or floats in the air; an aërial navigator; a balloonist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who operates an aircraft

Etymologies

aero- + Greek nautēs, sailor; see nāu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French aéronaute; compare the Italian aeronauta. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The aeronaut is strapped into a carrier, attached to a sail wing of nylon stretched on an aluminium frame like a paper dart, and jumps into the air from a high place.

    November 2007

  • “Land,” called the aeronaut, his voice small against the whistling of the air over the wind-screen.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • Japanese, and it is characteristic that from the first it was contemplated that the aeronaut should be a swordsman.

    The War in the Air

  • It was no easy task to carry, half dragging it, the heavy body of Mr. Damon off the platform, but the aeronaut was a muscular individual, and long hanging from a trapeze, at great heights, stood him in good stead.

    Tom Swift and His Airship

  • The aeroplane owner who hires a professional aeronaut, that is, one who has qualified as an expert, owes him very little legal duty to supply him with a perfect aeroplane.

    Flying Machines: Construction and Operation

  • "Land," called the aeronaut, his voice small against the whistling of the air over the wind-screen.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • Mostly they were Japanese, and it is characteristic that from the first it was contemplated that the aeronaut should be a swordsman.

    The War in the Air

  • Sam Elliot is again the great Western icon as a Texan "aeronaut" signed on to the Arctic expedition.

    William Bradley: Angels and Demons and Religious Politics

  • Robert Falcon Scott became the first "aeronaut" when hespent an hour, 800 feet over the edgeof the Ross Ice ShelfonFebruary 4, 1902.

    Aerial Exploration of the Antarctic

  • Flight pioneer Bertrand Piccard, an aeronaut who made the first nonstop round the world balloon flight, recently unveiled a prototype of an incredible solar-powered airplane that will one day circle the globe.

    2009 June | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

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