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 For those more vulnerable to the virus, the policy reversal suddenly makes essential travel on stuffy city busses, crammed commuter trains, and cramped airplanes more dangerous. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 Firefighters had to use a sledgehammer to free a man who apparently fell behind a wall by along a track at the MBTA commuter rail station in Back Bay Saturday morning, Boston fire said. Adam Sennott,, 9 Apr. 2022 But those issues will be easy to look past for many looking for a great commuter bike. Maren Estrada, BGR, 26 Apr. 2022 Masks will now be optional on CTtransit buses, the Hartford Line and Shore Line East commuter rail services as well as all transportation facilities in Connecticut. Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 The Roosevelt Bridge is a commuter artery that supported about 150,000 vehicles daily before the pandemic. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 There’s a lot to love about Hyde Park, Boston’s farthest-flung neighborhood: There’s its semi-suburban feel, its three commuter rail stops, the municipal George Wright Golf Course, and the nonprofit Riverside Theatre Works. Jon Gorey,, 20 Apr. 2022 That means a higher cost to the commuter in terms of mileage - gas money and vehicle wear and tear - but can also involve greater risk of mental and physical health problems, according to the Education Policy Center. Ramsey Archibald |, al, 20 Apr. 2022 Passengers on Metra, the Chicago area’s commuter transit system connecting the city to its suburbs, must also mask up as do passengers at O'Hare International Airport.. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of commuter

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Commuter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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