What Does The Suffix Naut Mean?


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Suffix is a linguistic term and refers to a group of letters that are added at the end of a word to form a new word or give it a new meaning. Thus it is an affix that is attached to the root or end part of a word. It is a morpheme placed at the base of a word to change the present connotation and give it a new one.

The suffix naut originates from the Greek language. It is a derivation of the Greek term nautes which means sailor when translated into English as in nautical. Thus this word is used in connection with the act of sailing. An astronaut is thus a person who sails space and a cosmonaut is a person who is the sailor of the cosmos. Thus this suffix is a term that is closely related to travel.

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