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

Definition of motorist

: a person who travels by automobile

Synonyms & Antonyms for motorist



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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
Recent Examples on the Web Police said there was no evidence the shooting involved an interaction with a motorist. Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun, 31 July 2022 An officer cited a motorist July 23 for having expired plates on the car. cleveland, 29 July 2022 Jennings Precinct officers rescued a motorist from flood waters at Jennings Crossing and Jennings Station Road at 5:30am. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 26 July 2022 The state police received a 911 call from a driver traveling on I-91 north reporting that another motorist shot orange pellets at them. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 21 July 2022 Multiple people called police 8 p.m. July 2 after seeing a man running in the freeway trying to flag-down a motorist to stop. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 20 July 2022 According to a report, no charges have been filed against the unidentified motorist Authorities in Utah are investigating a fatal crash that killed a 9-year-old boy and hospitalized his best friend while the pair were riding an electric bike. Tristan Balagtas,, 15 July 2022 Galadanci decided there needed to be a more accessible way for almost any motorist at any economic level to be protected. Ed Garsten, Forbes, 12 July 2022 If traffic is congested, a motorist in the far left northbound lane has no other option but to exit onto westbound I-10. al, 11 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of motorist

1896, in the meaning defined above

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6 Aug 2022

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“Motorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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