mo·​tor·​ist ˈmō-tə-rist How to pronounce motorist (audio)
: a person who travels by automobile

Examples of motorist in a Sentence

When our car broke down, we were helped by a passing motorist. environmental organizations suggest that motorists get together and carpool to avoid adding to pollution levels
Recent Examples on the Web To avoid the area, ADOT suggests motorists go west on SR 74 to southbound Lake Pleasant Parkway and eastbound Loop 303 to access I-17. Michelle Cruz, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2024 Other motorists said that when Hawkins sped away, the Ford Explorer pulled up to the driver’s side window and someone inside started shooting at him, according to court documents obtained by local station WRTV. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for motorist 

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motorist was in 1896

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“Motorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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mo·​tor·​ist ˈmōt-ə-rəst How to pronounce motorist (audio)
: a person who travels by automobile

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