designated driver

noun

Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door; designated driver tickets are $20. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of designated driver

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of designated driver was in 1982

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“Designated driver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/designated%20driver. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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designated driver

noun

English Language Learners Definition of designated driver

: a person who agrees not to drink alcohol on a particular occasion so that he or she will be able to safely drive around other people who will be drinking alcohol

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