Argonaut



Classical Mythology. a member of the band of men who sailed to Colchis with Jason in the ship Argo in search of the Golden Fleece.
(sometimes lowercase) a person in quest of something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer.
a person who moved to California during the gold rush of 1849.
(lowercase) .
Historical Examples

“You mustn’t confuse the Argonaut with ordinary submarine boats,” said Mr. Lake.
Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.

A week’s journey from the settlements showed the Argonaut a new world.
The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough

The Argonaut towed us gallantly for 250 miles; and then, on the night of August 5th, we ran into another gale from the nor’west.
Harper’s Round Table, August 27, 1895 Various

Inconspicuously I stepped into the Argonaut and up the stairs to Blythe’s room.
The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine

There is a large sac behind the viscera of the Argonaut, which opens on each side; it is perhaps of some hydrostatic use.
The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society – Vol. 4 Various

On her desk lay her own neat copy of the story which she was preparing for the Argonaut.
The Time of Roses L. T. Meade

I remember in one case we had located a sunken wreck and had gone down alongside of her with the Argonaut.
The Submarine in War and Peace Simon Lake

All first experiences, however, have not been so pleasant as that of the Argonaut’s trial.
The Submarine in War and Peace Simon Lake

In him she had unconsciously recognized the true spirit of the Argonaut on whose brow rests the star of empire.
When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown

Every Argonaut, indeed, was a kind of explorer as well as seeker of gold.
Theodore Watts-Dunton James Douglas

noun
(Greek myth) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece
a person who took part in the Californian gold rush of 1849
another name for the paper nautilus
n.

“sailor of the Argo,” 1580s (implied in argonautic), from Argo + Greek nautes “sailor” (see naval). Adventurers in the California Gold Rush of 1848 were called argonauts (because they sought the golden fleece) by those who stayed home.

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