fellow traveler

noun

Definition of fellow traveler

: a person who sympathizes with and often furthers the ideals and program of an organized group (such as the Communist party) without membership in the group or regular participation in its activities broadly : a sympathetic supporter of another's cause

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Other Words from fellow traveler

fellow-traveling adjective

Examples of fellow traveler in a Sentence

I struck up a conversation with one of my fellow travelers. He was not a member of the Communist Party or even a fellow traveler.
Recent Examples on the Web And yet, Carville is also oddly sympathetic—one senses Carlson recognizes a fellow traveler, another rakish opportunist who just happens to be playing for the other side. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 16 Sep. 2021 If changing spots is not feasible, try offering a spare mask to your fellow traveler. Thomas P. Farley, chicagotribune.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Images of the flight were captured by Ingenuity's fellow traveler, the Perseverance rover. Aj Willingham, CNN, 20 Apr. 2021 On this front, Bolsonaro had a fellow traveler in former president Donald Trump, who similarly scorned covid-era lockdowns and sought to blame his domestic rivals, as well as China, for the woes of the pandemic. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 His early Fabian socialism led him to become an influential communist fellow traveler. M. D. Aeschliman, National Review, 5 Dec. 2020 The study did not measure what happens when an infected passenger turns his or her head to talk to a fellow traveler or gets out of the seat to walk down the aisle or use the lavatory. Hugo Martin, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Nov. 2020 The study did not measure what happens when an infected passenger turns his or her head to talk to a fellow traveler or gets out of the seat to walk down the aisle or use the lavatory. al, 30 Oct. 2020 The study did not measure what happens when an infected passenger turns his or her head to talk to a fellow traveler or gets out of the seat to walk down the aisle or use the lavatory. Hugo Martin, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of fellow traveler

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fellow traveler

translation of Russian poputchik

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The first known use of fellow traveler was in 1925

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26 Sep 2021

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“Fellow traveler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fellow%20traveler. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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fellow traveler

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fellow traveler

: someone who is traveling in the same group or on the same train, airplane, etc., as you
: someone who shares the opinions and beliefs of the people in a group or organization (especially the Communist Party) but does not belong to that group or organization

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