designated driver


: a person chosen to abstain from intoxicants (such as alcohol) so as to transport others safely who are not abstaining
had some nonalcoholic champagne on hand for the designated drivers

Examples of designated driver in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of designated driver was in 1982

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Cite this Entry

“Designated driver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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