Meaning of ARGONAUT in English


ˈärgəˌnȯt, ˈȧg- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Latin Argonauta, Argonautes, from Greek Argonautēs, from Argō, ship in which the Argonauts sailed + Greek nautēs sailor — more at nautical


a. usually capitalized : one of the legendary heroes who sailed with Jason on the ship Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece

b. often capitalized : an adventurer or traveler engaged in a particular quest ; specifically : one of those who went to California in 1849 in search of gold

2. : paper nautilus

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