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 San Antonio Police officer Richard Odoms spoke about probable cause to stop a motorist and the misconception that a driver can’t lawfully be removed from a vehicle. Vincent T. Davis,, "East Side town hall takes on criminal justice reform and preventing police brutality," 27 June 2020 The other motorist and Shoop witnessed the sequence of events and stopped at the location where Cliff's vehicle crashed. Audrey Jensen, azcentral, "Woman accused of driving impaired, fatally hitting pedestrian in Glendale," 10 June 2020 In 1992, Malice Green, a black motorist, died after a struggle with two white officers, one of whom, Larry Nevers, hit Green on the head 14 times with his heavy flashlight., "DPD's troubled relationship with Black Detroiters spans decades," 14 June 2020 In 1992, mass protests and riots exploded in Los Angeles after the acquittal of white police officers who were captured on video brutally beating black motorist Rodney King. National Geographic, "2020 is not 1968: To understand today’s protests, you must look further back," 11 June 2020 Our boss at Fortune, Alan Murray, says the reaction of CEOs to George Floyd’s murder marks a sea-change from 1992, when the police beating of black motorist Rodney King touched off unrest across the country. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Banking while black and other hard questions," 10 June 2020 Many passers-by honked in support or held up their own signs, though some were clearly not in support, including a motorist who brandished a pistol. oregonlive, "Protests continue Sunday in Portland and other Oregon cities for 11th night," 9 June 2020 Videos don’t guarantee convictions, as illustrated by the case of Rodney King, the black motorist whose beating by Los Angeles police was shown in excruciating detail to jurors and the public. Bob Egelko,, "Why it’s so hard to convict a cop of murder: Just 5 in 15 years," 9 June 2020 When the dog owner argued with the reckless driver, the motorist fired several shots at the man. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "German Shepherd shot to death after dispute with Milwaukee reckless driver boils over," 2 June 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Motorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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