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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Owner Dean Georgelos plans to offer a market offering sandwiches and other food and beverages in the morning to accommodate commuters. Carol Morency,, "Planned Western Springs brunch spot, market seeks liquor license," 8 July 2019 Police and fire officials advised commuters to stay off area roads until 11:15 a.m. Eastern time as the region was under a flash flood warning. Washington Post, "Here’s what D.C. looked like this morning after an intense downpour," 8 July 2019 In the meantime, its Bay Area compatriot Caltrain and nearby Sacramento Regional Transit have announced their own projects with Miles, with the same goal of pushing commuters away from driving. David Zipper, WIRED, "Public Transit Agencies Think Rewards Programs Can Bring Back Riders," 7 July 2019 The agency advised commuters to find other ways of reaching their destinations. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "Truck Plummets and Crashes, Closing Port Authority Bus Terminal," 3 July 2019 Every day nearly 100,000 people—commuters, students, visitors—legally cross from Tijuana to San Diego, California, at the San Ysidro border. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Tijuana, a street studio attracts migrants and locals," 2 July 2019 The explosion occurred as the streets in the capital were packed with morning commuters. Time, "A Powerful Bomb Blast Rocks Afghanistan's Capital Kabul, Wounding at Least 65," 1 July 2019 Later this summer, trans-bay buses will again arrive and depart, and in the years ahead, high-speed trains are planned to deliver commuters and visitors to the transit center’s rail platform on the bottom story of the structure. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "San Francisco's Massive Salesforce Transit Center Reopens After Cracked Beam Snafu," 1 July 2019 This bike also lacks a kickstand option when ordering, another commuter no-no. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "First look: Cowboy proves the e-bikes with removable batteries can be beautiful," 8 June 2019

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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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