com·​mut·​er | \ kə-ˈmyü-tər \

Definition of commuter

1 : a person who commutes (as between a suburb and a city)
2 : a small airline that carries passengers relatively short distances on a regular schedule

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Some systems can even handle stop-and-go traffic, which is one nice perk for frustrated commuters. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "10 Innovations That Made the Modern Car," 4 Dec. 2018 As our review indicated, the Surface Go form factor is ideal for trains and some airplanes, making it a solid choice for everyday commuters. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft adds LTE options to the Surface Go, making it the always-connected PC it should be," 13 Nov. 2018 That means that good neighborhoods for bike commuters are plentiful in Seattle. The Seattle Times, "Get in the groove with Seattle’s commuter-friendly vibe," 15 Oct. 2018 The hub was created to make mass transit a more palatable option for the car commuters who clog the San Francisco Bay Area’s highways and streets. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "San Francisco’s Transit Center Ambitions Hit the Brakes," 28 Sep. 2018 Cool offices around the world have incorporated nap zones and meditation rooms, but’s beds are also intended for commuters who work late. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 Alexander Dennis says this bus, which will cover a relatively long route from Claremont, California, to downtown Los Angeles, will be equipped with Wi-Fi for business commuters. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "An experiment in people-moving: Transit agency buys electric double-decker bus," 12 July 2018 But any extra state funding will likely be contingent on significant changes to the way the authority runs the region’s commuter trains, subway, buses, bridges and tunnels. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Cuomo’s Talk of Tearing Up MTA Timed to Upcoming Budget Season," 8 Jan. 2019 Bud Davis is a Fort Worth resident who regularly traveled to Arlington during the days of the MAX bus, first taking a commuter rail train before switching to the MAX. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "This city has a vision for mass transit that doesn’t involve city buses," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of commuter

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of commuter was circa 1859

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