commuter

noun
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 The need to make way for high-speed trains thus limits the number of commuter services, and vice versa. The Economist, "Investing in rail Why HS2 should go ahead," 8 Feb. 2020 The project will make possible a significant increase in both intercity rail traffic on Amtrak, and commuter service on MARC and VRE. Washington Post, "Is D.C. waging a ‘war on cars’?," 3 Feb. 2020 Political and business leaders in Western Massachusetts want something akin to commuter service, with several rush-hour trains a day, chugging across the state in 90 minutes or less. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Springfield-Boston rail service? Lawmaker’s message is that it’s long overdue," 22 Jan. 2020 The Tri-Rail commuter service that runs nearby had one death about every 110,000 miles. Terry Spencer, sun-sentinel.com, "Brightline high-speed train has highest U.S. death rate," 2 Dec. 2019 The Tri-Rail commuter service that runs nearby had one death about every 110,000 miles. Terry Spencer, chicagotribune.com, "New higher-speed Florida train has the highest death rate in the nation. Most of the deaths have been suicides.," 2 Dec. 2019 Ridership for Pearland’s 4-month-old park and ride bus commuter service has not been as high as city officials anticipated, and ongoing construction on Texas 288 may be a large part of the problem, according to Deputy City Manager Jon Branson. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Ridership low on new Pearland park and ride, official says," 18 Nov. 2019 Protesters blocked intersections around the city and disrupted subway and commuter rail service. Alice Fung, Anchorage Daily News, "Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire in new escalation in conflict," 11 Nov. 2019 Protesters blocked intersections around the city and disrupted subway and commuter rail service. Alice Fung, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of commuter

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Commuter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commuter. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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