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

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The ferry offers a kind of solitude because of the small number of people’ A New York Ferry employee stands on the deck, waiting for commuters to board one morning in January. Alexander Cohn, WSJ, "Diehard New York City Ferry Riders Go With the Flow, Even in the Frigid Winter," 28 Feb. 2019 And just a month ago, a drone came within 32 feet of a commuter aircraft landing at Edinburgh Airport. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "I’ll be drone for Christmas: London airport closed for day by drone harassment," 20 Dec. 2018 Bike commuters traveling to Caltrain or AT&T Park have to pinball around Muni buses, taxis, Uber and Lyft cars, and traffic spilling in from Interstates 80 or 280. Rachel Swan,, "Bicyclists protest as city plans for safer lanes hit bumps," 13 July 2018 Morning commuters faced a traffic nightmare on Interstate 4 this morning when the roadway was shut down in both directions after Orange County deputy sheriffs stopped two vehicles near the Fairbanks Avenue exit, according to authorities. Martin E. Comas,, "Deputies shut down I-4 to nab burglary suspect," 3 July 2018 The company proposes to be a last-mile transportation solution, offering commuters an alternative to cars for travel between a public transit station and the final destination, for instance. NBC News, "Scooter startup Bird raises $300 million in latest funding round," 28 June 2018 Chariot declined to disclose how many commuters use its service. Catherine Ho,, "Chariot adds commute routes for UCSF employees, with public funding," 28 June 2018 While many commuters got an earlier start than usual to account for slower travel, Vince Peterkin pushed his work day back a couple of hours. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Overnight storm leaves 5 to 6 inches of snow across Lake County," 9 Feb. 2018 Many commuters work on the train but can't while negotiating speeding 18-wheelers and toll booths. Lynnley Browning, Newsweek, "The Perils of Metro-North," 20 Feb. 2014

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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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