designated driver


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

Examples of designated driver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door; designated driver tickets are $20. Annie Alleman,, 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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designated driver


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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