mo·​tor·​ist | \ ˈmō-tə-rist \

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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But whatever people think of the protest, Morris said motorists on the Dan Ryan Expressway this weekend will have to confront the issue the activists want to bring to the forefront. Elvia Malagon,, "Anti-violence protesters to shut down Dan Ryan expressway Saturday: 5 things to know," 6 July 2018 To drivers of cars with engine and exhaust noise amplifiers who seem to love roaring past other motorists on city streets at higher than posted speed limits. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: navigating Seattle Children’s hospital," 5 June 2018 Hackers have hit highway signs in the Carolinas multiple times in the past, including an incident in July when three Department of Transportation digital road signs in Charlotte flashed vulgar messages to motorists on Interstate 277, reported WSOC. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Hackers use highway signs to insult bicyclists along NC Ironman race route," 29 May 2018 For its part, ADOT plans to provide motorists on both sides of the border with real-time information on road conditions via Arizona's 511 system. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Driving to Rocky Point? Here are some improvements you'll see at the border, on the way to the beach," 5 Mar. 2018 On the northbound span, motorists on Saturday and Sunday will encounter a left lane closure from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. because of repair work, authorities said. Robert Rhoden,, "Causeway's southbound span to close for several hours Sunday," 16 Feb. 2018 But businesses are more focused than ordinary motorists on the total costs of ownership, and on other reasons to shift to electric power. The Economist, "Plugging awayOpportunities are opening for electrified commercial vehicles," 15 Feb. 2018 Soon, the house easily seen by motorists on State Road 19 will be gone. Lauren Ritchie,, "Once majestic Groveland mansion perched on a hill headed for the wrecking ball," 26 Jan. 2018 This is the terrifying moment a motorist runs over a child crouching down to tie his shoelaces – only for the little boy to miraculously pop up and continue playing soccer. Swns - Joe Smith, Fox News, "Kid tying shoelace run over by car, walks away," 27 Sep. 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 \

Kids Definition of motorist

: a person who travels by automobile

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