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 An officer cited a motorist at 1:57 a.m. April 23 for going 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. cleveland, "Motorist takes photo of children playing: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 30 Apr. 2021 The other motorist was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, police said. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Suspect critical after downtown Birmingham crash following police chase," 29 Apr. 2021 At least one motorist kicked out a windshield of the van in the frantic effort to rescue those inside. NBC News, "Driver charged with homicide in Georgia van crash that killed six," 29 Apr. 2021 Police said the motorist drove to the 1400 block of Havenscourt Boulevard, where Fleming died after lifesaving measures from police officers and medical personnel. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, "An 18-year-old college student was struck, killed by a stray bullet in Oakland. Police seek public's help," 22 Apr. 2021 The shooting of Wright is only the latest incident in which a Black motorist was killed by a police officer in the area. Los Angeles Times, "Minnesota officer who shot Black man meant to draw Taser, not handgun, police chief says," 12 Apr. 2021 The driver of the Taurus approached the other motorist at N. 3rd Street and N. 11th Avenue and started yelling, shattered the driver's side window with his fist and punched the man in the face. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Enraged driver hits other car 3 times near St. Cloud, punches out its window," 21 Jan. 2021 April 11 tried to make a traffic stop on Engle Road, but the motorist did not comply and fled the scene. cleveland, "Motorist flees police but cannot escape citations: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 16 Apr. 2021 The motorist fled the scene without checking on the victim. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police seek tips on hit-and-run driver who injured woman in Mission Valley," 16 Apr. 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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2 May 2021

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“Motorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 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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