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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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.

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Indeed, along with love for one’s fellow traveler, having a good time is about the only reasonable response that thousands of years of human philosophizing has put in our personal quivers. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "It's 'Waiting for Godot,' yes, but it's funny, masterfully done and truly Irish," 25 May 2018 Flustered, the fellow traveler denied snooping and backed away. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Forget the Hackers, Watch Out for the Phone Snoopers Over Your Shoulder," 9 May 2018 Maybe that’s because sunlight streaming through a passenger-car window bounces on and off a fellow traveler the way the light of a movie screen flickers across the audience. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "A year later, still thinking about a stranger met on a train," 9 July 2018 Gevers and Arthur had first encountered each other in 2011 as fellow travelers of Patri Friedman, who had employed Gevers on a project to build a libertarian-minded charter city in Honduras. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 There's no shortage of stories from fellow travelers who were offered credits and lived to regret it. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Airline offering a voucher? Just say no!," 18 Mar. 2018 Along the way, Gluckman scrambled to find food for himself and his parents and to endear himself, as 10-year-olds can do, with fellow travelers. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Longtime Bay Area resident, who escaped Nazi Germany as a boy, dies at 88," 18 May 2018 But fellow traveler Susie Bolton, of Orlando, taught me the benefits of making a scooping motion with your foot while pedaling. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Guided bike trip through hills of Tuscany offers unforgettable vistas and lessons," 10 July 2018 In private life, Malleson was a deadly earnest socialist, a Labour Party activist and (latterly) Communist fellow traveler whose plays were vehicles for his left-wing views. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Conflict’ Review: A Political Play Without Preaching," 21 June 2018

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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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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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