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1. Greek Mythology One who sailed with Jason on the Argo in search of the Golden Fleece.
2. also argonaut A person who is engaged in a dangerous but rewarding quest; an adventurer.

[From Latin Argonautae, Argonauts, from Greek Argonautēs, Argonaut : Argō, the ship Argo + nautēs, sailor (from naus, ship; see nāu- in Indo-European roots).]


[New Latin Argonauta, genus name, from Latin Argonautae, Argonauts; see Argonaut.]
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1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in quest of the Golden Fleece
2. (Historical Terms) a person who took part in the Californian gold rush of 1849
3. (Animals) another name for the paper nautilus
[C16: from Greek Argonautēs, from Argō the name of Jason's ship + nautēs sailor]
ˌArgoˈnautic adj
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(ˈɑr gəˌnɔt, -ˌnɒt)

1. a member of the band of men who sailed to Colchis with Jason in the ship Argo in search of the Golden Fleece.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a person in quest of something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer.
[< Latin Argonauta < Greek Argonaútēs crewman of the ship Argo; see nautical]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Argonaut - someone engaged in a dangerous but potentially rewarding adventureargonaut - someone engaged in a dangerous but potentially rewarding adventure
adventurer, venturer - a person who enjoys taking risks
2.Argonaut - (Greek mythology) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
3.Argonaut - cephalopod mollusk of warm seas whose females have delicate papery spiral shellsArgonaut - cephalopod mollusk of warm seas whose females have delicate papery spiral shells
octopod - a cephalopod with eight arms but lacking an internal shell
Argonauta, genus Argonauta - type genus of the family Argonautidae: paper nautilus
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[ˈɑːgənɔːt] Nargonauta m
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nArgonaut m
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[ˈɑːgəˌnɔːt] nargonauta m
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References in classic literature ?
But when the Argonauts, as these fifty brave adventurers were called, had prepared everything for the voyage, an unforeseen difficulty threatened to end it before it was begun.
If I were to tell you all the adventures of the Argonauts, it would take me till nightfall, and perhaps a great deal longer.
The next day, when the Argonauts were about setting sail, down came these terrible giants, stepping a hundred yards at a stride, brandishing their six arms apiece, and looking formidable, so far aloft in the air.
Upon hearing this, the Argonauts spread a plentiful feast on the sea-shore, well knowing, from what the blind king said of their greediness, that the Harpies would snuff up the scent of the victuals, and quickly come to steal them away.
Then the Argonauts sailed onward and met with many other marvelous incidents, any one of which would make a story by itself.
Involuntarily the names of Naxos, Tenedos, and Carpathos, rise before the mind, and we seek vainly for Ulysses' vessel or the "clipper" of the Argonauts. So at least it was in Michel Ardan's eyes.
Charles was for beaching for the night, but Liverpool held on, steering down Tagish by the sound of the surf on the shoals and by the occasional shore-fires that advertised wrecked or timid argonauts. At four in the morning, he aroused Charles.
Inside the mouth of the river, just ere it entered Lake Le Barge, they found a hundred storm-bound boats of the argonauts. Out of the north, across the full sweep of the great lake, blew an unending snow gale.
By the fourth day, the hundred boats had increased to three hundred, and the two thousand argonauts on board knew that the great gale heralded the freeze-up of Le Barge.
Similarly the story of the Argonauts appears from the fragments (37-42) to have been told in some detail.
It was a shoal of argonauts travelling along on the surface of the ocean.
For which reason they compel all those who are very eminent for their power, their fortune, their friendships, or any other cause which may give them too great weight in the government, to submit to the ostracism, and leave the city for a stated time; as the fabulous histories relate the Argonauts served Hercules, for they refused to take him with them in the ship Argo on account of his superior valour.