com·​mut·​er | \ kə-ˈmyü-tər How to pronounce commuter (audio) \

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

Examples of commuter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rail service to the inland towns began six years later, and the Marin commuter was born. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "When Marin's best transit system reached end of line," 27 Feb. 2021 Most commuter car trips in the U.S. are with the driver alone, according to a 2017 study, and nearly half of all car trips are three miles or shorter. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "On Climate, Wall Street Out-Orwells Orwell," 25 Feb. 2021 Ridership on Northstar dropped by 80% to 152,455, while ridership on express and commuter buses was down 76%. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, "Met Council: Ridership on Metro Transit plunged in 2020, owing to pandemic," 23 Feb. 2021 The banks say the acquisition will both deepen and expand their presence across the Northeast introducing customers to new markets, particularly in the New York Metro area and northeast commuter corridor between Washington DC and Boston. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Here are 6 things consumers need to know about M&T Bank Corp. buying Bridgeport-based People’s United Bank," 23 Feb. 2021 On the top of the list for bonding is $350 million to expand capacity for the FrontRunner commuter rail. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, "New revenue projections show Utah lawmakers have more than $1.5 billion in extra cash to spend this year," 19 Feb. 2021 The authority also plans to buy 90 buses, including 45 electric models, and new trains for the commuter railroads, and to complete repairs to the tunnel that carries the F line under the East River and was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "N.Y.C. Staves Off Cuts to Public Transit, Despite Dire Warnings," 18 Feb. 2021 New legislation was proposed this week that would allow commuter tax benefits to be extended for the purchase of bicycles and electric bikes, as well as bike-share memberships. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Dear Secretary Pete: 9 Transportation Projects You Should Consider Right Away," 2 Feb. 2021 Authorities tested and quarantined her neighbours in Gu’an, a Beijing commuter town just inside Hebei. The Economist, "Many in China are strikingly accepting of harsh virus controls," 16 Jan. 2021

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Commuter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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