mo·​tor·​ist | \ ˈmō-tə-rist How to pronounce motorist (audio) \

Definition of motorist

: a person who travels by automobile

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Synonyms & Antonyms for motorist


automobilist, driver, wheelman



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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

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Caltrans said motorists can expect delays not to exceed 25 minutes. Thomas Wright, The Mercury News, "CHP seeks vandals who painted ‘Overtourism is killing Big Sur’ at Bixby Bridge," 18 July 2019 The area’s coastal cities were greeted with dense fog early Tuesday morning as meteorologists warned of suddenly reduced visibility for motorists, boaters and airlines. Los Angeles Times, "Southern California’s heat wave winds down, but fire danger remains in some areas," 16 July 2019 Louisville Metro Public Works is teaming up with engineering and design firm Gresham Smith to conduct a study to explore how to improve motorist, pedestrian and bicyclist use of Eastern Parkway. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Public works looking to renovate Eastern Parkway, return to Olmsted’s ‘original intent’," 12 July 2019 Passing motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians could sometimes see the glow of the blast furnace through the large doors of the sturdy brick and steel buildings. Shayndi Raice, WSJ, "Activists Try to Stop a Huge Chicago Development Over $1.3 Billion in Tax Incentives," 11 July 2019 Deaths include motorists, pedestrians and cyclists who died in incidents not known to be suicides., "Portland traffic deaths spike through first half of 2019 while statewide fatalities dip," 11 July 2019 Responding to a complaint from another motorist, police stopped a Chagrin Falls woman, 83, on her way home shortly before 4:30 p.m. June 29 and warned her about failure to drive in marked lanes, as well as slow speed. Thomas Jewell,, "Pool hopping still a thing: Hunting Valley Police Blotter," 5 July 2019 That means roads will be more crowded than usual, and motorists should expect drive times to be a least 10 percent longer than normal. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "AAA predicts record-breaking travel over 4th of July holiday," 25 June 2019 Police say motorists should expect heavy delays in the area and seek alternative routes, the Associated Press reported. Adam Sennott,, "Drawbridge malfunction closes ramps to I-93 in Dorchester," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of motorist

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of motorist was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of motorist

: a person who drives a car


mo·​tor·​ist | \ ˈmō-tə-rist How to pronounce motorist (audio) \

Kids Definition of motorist

: a person who travels by automobile

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