Definition of Sputnik in English:

Sputnik

Syllabification: Sput·nik
Pronunciation: /ˈspətnik, ˈspo͝ot-
 
/

noun

  • Each of a series of Soviet artificial satellites, the first of which (launched on October 4, 1957) was the first satellite to be placed in orbit.
    More example sentences
    • Ever since the Soviets launched sputnik in 1957, satellites have been part of our consciousness.
    • The first sputnik and Yuriy Gagarin's flight on April 12, 1961 made this country a great space power.
    • In Russian, the word sputnik means a travelling companion.

Origin

Russian, literally 'fellow-traveler'.

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