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 General admission, $50 plus fees; VIP, $80 plus fees; designated driver and shuttle tickets, $15 plus fees. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 2 Mar. 2022 Prices are $20 for military and designated driver or $30 for general admission; commemorative glass included. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Dec. 2021 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 7 Aug. 2022.

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