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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Starting in 2021, commuters entering Manhattan below 60th Street could be charged a fee somewhere around $11.52, according to estimates. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Congestion Pricing Is Bad News for Parking Garages in New York," 11 Apr. 2019 All three deliver bold responses and yearn to be more than simple commuters. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 A dozen commuters stood on the platform headphones in, clutching cups of coffee. Shawn R. Beals,, "Hartford Line’s First Daily Commuters Begin Using Rail Service," 18 June 2018 Between 2005 and 2015, the share of commuters who bike to work more than doubled in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., according to an analysis of U.S. Census data. Steven Higashide, The Atlantic, "The Design Bible That Changed How Americans Bike in Cities," 1 Mar. 2018 Second only to the selfie stick, there is no easier way to reveal yourself as a tourist (and get in the way of angry commuters). Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Essential Things to Know Before You Visit London," 28 Feb. 2018 That increase comes at a time when the number of commuters is climbing, and, as a result, traffic congestion is also rising. Pete Bigelow, Car and Driver, "A Major Automotive Supplier Joins the Ride-Sharing Ranks," 21 Feb. 2018 That’s the life of a New York commuter: walk, subway, train, car, home. Peter King,, "Game 150: The Crew," 5 Dec. 2013 Or simply a commuter who likes to take a backpack to work? Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Shop 15 Sleek Alternatives to the Bulky Backpack," 21 Aug. 2018

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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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