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aeronaut

An aeronaut is someone who flies an aircraft: a pilot. Originally, an aeronaut was specifically someone who flew a balloon.

This word looks a lot like astronaut, and it means something similar: a pilot. Though an aeronaut can be someone who pilots any kind of flying vehicle, this word has most commonly applied to people who fly balloons: balloonists. In the mid-1800's, pioneering scientist and inventor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe made a record balloon journey from Cincinnati to South Carolina, thus becoming an early claimant to this word, which had been coined late in the previous century.

Definitions of aeronaut
  1. noun
    someone who operates an aircraft
    synonyms: airman, aviator, flier, flyer
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    Floyd Bennett
    United States aviator who (with Richard E. Byrd) piloted the first flight over the North Pole (1890-1928)
    Louis Bleriot
    French aviator who in 1909 made the first flight across the English Channel (1872-1936)
    Jacqueline Cochran
    United States aviator who held several speed records and headed the women's Air Force pilots in World War II (1910-1980)
    James Harold Doolittle
    United States Air Force officer who electrified the world in 1942 by leading a squadron of 16 bombers on a daylight raid over Tokyo (1896-1993)
    Amelia Earhart
    first woman aviator to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic (1928); while attempting to fly around the world she disappeared over the Pacific (1898-1937)
    Howard Robard Hughes
    United States industrialist who was an aviator and a film producer; during the last years of his life he was a total recluse (1905-1976)
    Charles Augustus Lindbergh
    United States aviator who in 1927 made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean (1902-1974)
    William Mitchell
    United States aviator and general who was an early advocate of military air power (1879-1936)
    Wiley Post
    United States aviator who in 1933 made the first solo flight around the world (1899-1935)
    Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    the most decorated United States combat pilot in World War I (1890-1973)
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    airwoman, aviatress, aviatrix
    a woman aviator
    airplane pilot, pilot
    someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
    barnstormer, stunt flier, stunt pilot
    a pilot who travels around the country giving exhibits of stunt flying and parachuting
    captain, senior pilot
    the pilot in charge of an airship
    combat pilot
    airplane pilot who fights in an action between two military forces
    co-pilot, copilot
    a relief pilot on an airplane
    kamikaze
    a pilot trained and willing to cause a suicidal crash
    test pilot
    a pilot hired to fly experimental airplanes through maneuvers designed to test them
    wingman
    the pilot who positions his aircraft outside and behind (on the wing of) the leader of a flying formation
    type of:
    skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
    a worker who has acquired special skills
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