Sputnik Definition

spo͝otnĭk, spŭt-, spo͝otnyĭk
noun
Any of a series of man-made satellites put into orbit by the U.S.S.R. beginning in October, 1957
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • unmanned satellite
  • artificial moon
  • orbital rocket
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Other Word Forms of Sputnik

Noun

Singular:
Sputnik
Plural:
sputniks

Origin of Sputnik

  • Russian sputnik (zemli) fellow traveler (of Earth) so-, s- together ksun in Indo-European roots put' path, way pent- in Indo-European roots -nik n. suff

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Russian спутник (sputnik, “fellow traveller").

    From Wiktionary

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