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



  • nondriver
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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 The motorist, whose name was not disclosed, remained at the scene, officials said, and alcohol and drugs were not involved in the incident. Washington Post, 29 May 2021 In the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, protests continued in front of that city’s police department for a sixth straight night following an officer’s fatal shooting of a 20-year-old motorist, Daunte Wright., 17 Apr. 2021 But a major pro sports day in the Twin Cities was quickly interrupted by safety and ethical concerns in the wake of the fatal shooting of a Black motorist, Daunte Wright, by a police officer Sunday in Brooklyn Center. Chris Miller, Star Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021 Police officers chased after the motorist, who authorities said reached more than 85 miles an hour on Columbus Parkway. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Apr. 2021 The person driving the truck pulling the trailer did not realize the pigs had fallen out until being flagged down by a motorist. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 May 2021 Terri died early New Year’s Day 2000 when their vehicle was T-boned at an intersection by a motorist who ran a red light. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2021 Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said it is believed the woman was a pedestrian struck by an unknown motorist on I-65. Carol Robinson |, al, 16 Mar. 2021 In the video, taken by a passing motorist who was not involved in the shooting, one car rams another into a snowbank off of Route 138 in Canton, Massachusetts, about 15 miles south of downtown Boston. NBC News, 25 Feb. 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Motorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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