com·​mut·​er kə-ˈmyü-tər How to pronounce commuter (audio)
: a person who commutes (as between a suburb and a city)
: a small airline that carries passengers relatively short distances on a regular schedule

Examples of commuter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the economic hub of Lagos and other major cities, there are fewer cars and more legs on the roads as commuters are forced to trek to work. Chinedu Asadu, Quartz, 17 Feb. 2024 Compared to other major infrastructure projects in the New York City area, like the current Hudson Tunnel Project, this one will have a tremendous effect on residents and commuters during construction. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Feb. 2024 According to Caltrans, about 12,500 to 13,400 commuters drive through the scenic route that will be closed. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 The Maryland Department of Transportation is planning deep cuts to commuter bus lines starting July 1. Dillon Mullan, Baltimore Sun, 1 Feb. 2024 As in many other European countries, trains in Germany are an important mode of transportation for a significant part of the population, offering both regular service between major cities and short commuter trips. Christopher F. Schuetze, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Set upon the tiniest heel imaginable, barely-there pumps offer a practical but refined solution to workwear dressing—not to mention the modern day commuter conundrum—marrying walkability with easy elegance. Talia Abbas, Vogue, 23 Jan. 2024 The agency says commuters have largely returned to its trains and buses, though in smaller numbers on Mondays and Fridays. Patrick McGeehan, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2024 The cuts were designed to keep most essential services but to limit funding for some services like roadway litter collection and commuter buses, and to put on hold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of planned highway and road projects. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 16 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of commuter was circa 1859

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“Commuter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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