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cosmonaut

Line breaks: cosmo|naut
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒzmənɔːt
 
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Definition of cosmonaut in English:

noun

A Russian astronaut.
Example sentences
  • In its second year of occupancy, astronauts and cosmonauts have conducted 16 spacewalks for maintenance and assembly of the Station.
  • Do we have an option of giving any degree of privacy to this planet's astronauts, cosmonauts, and taikonauts?
  • We don't really have much time for a social life - there's a lot of work to get through - but we meet Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts, too.
Synonyms
North American informal jock

Origin

1950s: from cosmos1, on the pattern of astronaut and Russian kosmonavt.

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