fellow traveler


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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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 Kingsmill was a fellow traveler with Christians, as was Muggeridge for the first part of his life; and Muggeridge took Simone Weil to be making the same argument in her reflections on gravity and grace. M. D. Aeschliman, National Review, "Malcolm Muggeridge, Marked by Mobility and a Search for Morality," 11 Oct. 2020 However, Tarrio, who runs a security equipment company, is something of a Trump fellow traveler. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Proud Boys chief is Florida captain of unaffiliated Latinos for Trump group," 1 Oct. 2020 Without access to transportation that feels sufficiently safe, that allows commuters to spread out and reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus from a fellow traveler, an employee may have little choice about returning or not. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "When everyone can work from home, who goes back to the office?," 6 June 2020 On the Westerdam, the remaining passengers were cheered by news that the tests on fellow travelers have come back negative. Philip Heijmans, Bloomberg.com, "A Single Cruise Guest Sparks a Global Rush to Contain Virus," 10 May 2020 But the weirdest, and most compelling, segment is one in which conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl teams with Jack Burkman, a lobbyist and fellow traveler in the conservative conspiracy world, in a lunatic scheme. Arizona Republic, "HBO's 'After Truth' takes on fake news, and mostly wins. Here's why that may not be enough," 19 Mar. 2020 His ethnonationalist paternalism is now the avant-garde model for right-wing fellow travelers such as Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hungary’s Viktor Orban, and Donald Trump. Gregory Feifer, The New Republic, "Putin Is Perfecting His Authoritarian Model," 20 Mar. 2020 While traveling: Keep at least 6 feet away from fellow travelers who are sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Tips for effective hand-washing during coronavirus outbreak, any time: Health Matters," 15 Mar. 2020 Tag-along with fellow travelers or spend time with ex-pats chronicling their own experiences visiting and living in popular tourist destinations as well as out-of-the-way places. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Travel the world in spite of coronavirus by reading these 10 transporting travelogues," 20 Mar. 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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19 Oct 2020

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“Fellow traveler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fellow%20traveler. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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