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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New York should wean itself off its reliance on gas taxes and consider charging motorists by the mile to pay for roads and bridges, a watchdog group said in a report released Tuesday. Paul Berger, WSJ, "New York’s Road-Repair Funding Gap Sparks Driver Tax Debate," 19 Mar. 2019 The seemingly spontaneous movement—named for the fluorescent yellow vests that motorists are required to have in their cars—began when President Emmanuel Macron hiked the diesel fuel tax. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "In Paris, the Gilets Jaunes Protests Impact Holiday Shopping Season," 17 Dec. 2018 Of the 102 million drivers on the road, AAA expects to rescue more than 960,000 motorists during the holiday period due to dead batteries, lockouts, flat tires, and more. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Worst Day to Travel Before Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018 The video was recorded by a motorist stuck in a traffic jam behind Mr. Guaidó’s car as the encounter was unfolding. Kejal Vyas And Ginette Gonzalez, WSJ, "Venezuela Opposition Leader Detained, Then Released," 13 Jan. 2019 Privacy - Terms Investigators say multiple women reported to police that a man posing as a lost motorist was exposing himself in the parking lot of the Landstown Commons Shopping Center in Virginia Beach, reported TV station WWAV. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Hunt for serial flasher at Virginia shopping center leads to MMA fighter, police say," 27 June 2018 Larry Bammer were called to the 3200 block of Laguna Canyon after a motorist driving through the area reported that a Chevrolet Impala was stuck on the side of the road. Hannah Fry,, "Laguna Beach law enforcement steps up to get stranded Marine back to base," 22 June 2018 Fog, rain, and flooding could cause issues for motorists, and flyers might see cancellations and delays at airports. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "AccuWeather Predicts a Major Storm Will Drastically Affect Christmas Travel," 20 Dec. 2018 Such actions haven’t been limited to the Deep South; after a state jury acquitted Los Angeles police for the beating of black motorist Rodney King, sparking riots in 1992, two of the officers were convicted in federal court. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Wary of Double Jeopardy Claim," 6 Dec. 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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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