Definition of sputnik in English:

sputnik

Line breaks: sput|nik
Pronunciation: /ˈspʊtnɪk
 
, ˈspʌt-/

noun

Each of a series of Soviet artificial satellites, the first of which (launched on 4 October 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-traveller'.

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