driv·​er ˈdrī-vər How to pronounce driver (audio)
: one that drives: such as
: the operator of a motor vehicle
: an implement (such as a hammer) for driving
: a mechanical piece for imparting motion to another piece
: one that provides impulse or motivation
a driver in this economy
: a golf wood with a nearly straight face used in driving
: an electronic circuit that supplies input to another electronic circuit
also : loudspeaker
: a piece of computer software that controls input and output operations
driverless adjective

Examples of driver in a Sentence

Who was the driver at the time of the accident? We told the taxi driver to take us to the library. He likes to sit at the front of the bus, near the driver. There's a problem with the printer's driver.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of driver was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Driver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


driv·​er ˈdrī-vər How to pronounce driver (audio)
: one that drives: as
: the operator of a motor vehicle
: a tool for driving
a nail driver
: a golf club having a usually wooden head with a nearly straight face

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