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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When traveling, people are encouraged to remember an airplane is still a public space and should be treated as such Andy Richter was grossed out on a recent flight by a not-so-considerate fellow traveler. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Andy Richter Shuts Down Plane Passenger Who Put Bare Feet With 'Dirty Toes' on Seatback TV," 20 Aug. 2019 Get to know your fellow travelers during our trip orientation, and break into your On Assignment teams to begin discovering the Baja California Peninsula. National Geographic, "Baja and the Sea of Cortez High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Always consider your fellow travelers Signe Brewster, a Wirecutter staff writer and expert in drones, wrote the Wirecutter guide referenced above. Geoffrey Morrison, New York Times, "How to Travel With a Drone," 13 Aug. 2019 After their smuggler directed them to cross into the Arizona desert on a scorching hot June day when temperatures reached 108 degrees, the mother, identified as S. Kaur, set out to find water and left her daughter with a fellow traveler. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "In the Arizona Desert, an Elite Border Patrol Unit Responds to Desperate Cases," 30 June 2019 Yet among their fellow travelers was Alexandria artist Hilda Shapiro Thorpe (1919-2000), who turned from painting to sculpture. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Pulsating dramas of light and sound," 12 July 2019 Be kind to your fellow travelers and to front-line airline employees. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "A Nightmare Summer for American Airlines," 10 July 2019 Day 1: Reykjavík Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. National Geographic, "Iceland Family Journey: Geysers, Glaciers, and Fjords," 17 June 2019 Their fellow travelers band together at early-morning sober Daybreaker raves, held in 25 cities around the country. Alex Williams, New York Times, "The New Sobriety," 15 June 2019

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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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