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.
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Contemporary Examples

It was the name of the ship that Jason and the argonauts sailed in to liberate the Golden Fleece against impossible odds.
The True Story Behind Operation ‘Argo’ to Rescue Americans From Iran Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio September 16, 2012

Historical Examples

But among the argonauts there are also some Boreads, the brothers of Kleopatra, the uncles of the maltreated boys.
The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State Frederick Engels

A similar interpretation is possible of the expedition of the argonauts.
Christianity As A Mystical Fact Rudolf Steiner

He knew the course to Colchis, and offered to tell it, if the argonauts would free him from the Harpies.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5 Various

All signs of life except those of other argonauts disappeared.
The Trail of the Goldseekers Hamlin Garland

And where in all Greece could he find one stronger or more famous than the chief of the argonauts?
Medea of Euripides Euripides

He was physician to the argonauts in their famous expedition to Colchis.
1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described Edward S. Ellis

In fine weather the argonauts sail in fleets on the surface of the ocean.
Elementary Zoology, Second Edition Vernon L. Kellogg

The temple, with the Portico of the argonauts which surrounded it, was erected by Agrippa.
Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes

Tales about Thracians and argonauts need not be seriously discussed at this time of day.
Sketches from the Subject and Neighbour Lands of Venice Edward A. Freeman

(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

“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.
Argonauts [(ahr-guh-nawts)]

In classical mythology, the companions of Jason in the quest for the Golden Fleece. Their ship was the Argo.

Note: Naut means “sailor” in Greek and is the root of our word nautical. Today, the word is used to coin terms such as astronaut and aquanaut.


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