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 Dictionary entry overview: What does astronaut mean? 

  The noun ASTRONAUT has 1 sense:

1. a person trained to travel in a spacecraft

  Familiarity information: ASTRONAUT used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1astronaut [BACK TO TOP]


A person trained to travel in a spacecraft

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


astronaut; cosmonaut; spaceman

Context example:

the Russians called their astronauts cosmonauts

Hypernyms ("astronaut" is a kind of...):

traveler; traveller (a person who changes location)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "astronaut"):

spacewalker (an astronaut who is active outside a spacecraft in outer space)

Instance hyponyms:

Armstrong; Neil Armstrong (United States astronaut; the first man to set foot on the moon (July 20, 1969) (1930-))

Gagarin; Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin; Yuri Gagarin (Soviet cosmonaut who in 1961 was the first person to travel in space (1934-1968))

Glenn; John Glenn; John Herschel Glenn Jr. (made the first orbital rocket-powered flight by a United States astronaut in 1962; later in United States Senate (1921-))

Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr.; Alan Shepard; Shepard (astronaut who made the first United States' suborbital rocket-powered flight in 1961 (1923-1998))

Tereshkova; Valentina Tereshkova; Valentina Vladmirovna Tereshkova (Soviet cosmonaut who was the first woman in space (born in 1937))

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