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the pilot of a balloon or other lighter-than-air aircraft.
a traveler in an airship.
Historical Examples

The guy ropes are then payed out according to the directions of the aeronaut, as conveyed through the officer.
The Dominion of the Air J. M. Bacon

The valve was shut by order of the aeronaut, and we descended rapidly.
My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt

Not when you say you are going to leave me next month, declared the aeronaut.
Airship Andy Frank V. Webster

“I fancied they were spring flowers,” said the aeronaut in a stage-aside.
The Harmsworth Magazine, v. 1, 1898-1899, No. 2 Various

He had already won his spurs as an aeronaut, as may be briefly told.
The Dominion of the Air J. M. Bacon

The boys seized the silk, tore, and hacked at it; as did the aeronaut.
The Young Franc Tireurs G. A. Henty

In vain did the aeronaut try to change the course of the airship.
Tom Swift and his Airship Victor Appleton

The aeronaut had the good luck to get off with a broken thigh.
Thunder and Lightning Camille Flammarion

The aeronaut stood in a large wicker basket flanked on either side by bags of sand ballast.
The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams

The first “aeronaut” to descend by this apparatus was a dog.
The Mastery of the Air William J. Claxton

a person who flies in a lighter-than-air craft, esp the pilot or navigator


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