Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who specializes in astronomy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who is versed in astronomy; a scientific observer of the stars; a student of the laws of the heavenly bodies, or the principles by which their motions are regulated, with their various phenomena.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete An astrologer.
  • noun One who is versed in astronomy; one who has a knowledge of the laws of the heavenly orbs, or the principles by which their motions are regulated, with their various phenomena.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who studies astronomy, the stars or the physical universe; a scientist whose area of research is astronomy or astrophysics

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a physicist who studies astronomy

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From astronomy +‎ -er.

Examples

  • One such amateur astronomer is Caroline Moore, who, at age 14, was the youngest person to ever discover a supernova.

    Caroline Moore: 14-year old Astronomer

  • I can never remember ... you know, the thin astronomer?

    Sigh

  • I can never remember ... you know, the thin astronomer?

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • A Chinese astronomer from the University of St Andrews has fine-tuned Einstein's groundbreaking theory of gravity, creating a 'simple' theory which could solve a dark mystery that has baffled astrophysicists for three-quarters of a century.

    Archive 2006-02-12

  • A Chinese astronomer from the University of St Andrews has fine-tuned Einstein's groundbreaking theory of gravity, creating a 'simple' theory which could solve a dark mystery that has baffled astrophysicists for three-quarters of a century.

    Hot on the heels of my previous "antigravity" post...

  • Happily, Alfar's story of an obsessed woman trying to get the attention of the local astronomer is less convoluted and easy to follow than Marquez's story.

    dawn at thirty six

  • We are sometimes apt to identify the idea of an astronomer with that of a man who looks through a telescope at the stars; but the word astronomer has really much wider significance.

    Great Astronomers

  • Christopher Go, another amateur astronomer from the Philippines, then independently photographed and videoed Friday’s incident.

    Amateur Astronomers Capture Collision on Jupiter | Impact Lab

  • MikeGene: The crucial point is this: Just because an astronomer is an expert at using the telescope does NOT mean the astronomer is an expert when it comes to appropriate policies.

    Advocacy in Science: a Parasitic Practice

  • The crucial point is this: Just because an astronomer is an expert at using the telescope does NOT mean the astronomer is an expert when it comes to appropriate policies.

    Advocacy in Science: a Parasitic Practice

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • moon starer

    May 17, 2010

  • i need the roots to it. Greek-Latin? Both

    October 28, 2011

  • Here's a hint: the differences in meaning between λόγος and νόμος are excellently explained by exact parallel between the English words astrologer and astronomer. I'm assuming of course you know "aster" means "star".

    October 28, 2011