mo·​tor·​ist | \ ˈmō-tə-rist How to pronounce motorist (audio) \

Definition of motorist

: a person who travels by automobile

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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 Johnson was discovered slumped behind the wheel of his SUV in the early morning hours of Oct. 17 after a motorist called 911, Chicago police said. NBC News, "Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to announce retirement," 7 Nov. 2019 An initial investigation found that the victim was a 63-year-old man who was helping a motorist in a disabled vehicle. Washington Post, "Tow-truck operator is killed in hit-and-run in Prince George’s County, Md.," 7 Nov. 2019 Drunken driver: Center Road Police responded to a call from a motorist of a possibly impaired driver traveling north on Ohio 83. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Man breaks into greenhouse: Avon Police Blotter," 5 Nov. 2019 Destiny Foster speaks at a vigil Sunday evening on the sidewalk near where her daughter was killed by a motorist running a red light. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vigil for 6-year-old killed by hit-and-run driver draws large crowd," 28 Oct. 2019 Johnson said officers do such tests only when a motorist appears impaired or officers smell alcohol or cannabis. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chicago’s mayor says top cop drinking before incident in car," 18 Oct. 2019 Authorities have identified a motorist killed in a Thursday morning crash with a Tuscaloosa City Schools bus. Carol Robinson |, al, "53-year-old man killed in morning crash with Tuscaloosa City Schools bus," 17 Oct. 2019 Police charged a Friendswood man, 64, with DWI Aug. 10 in the 700 block of West Parkwood Avenue after a motorist reported a reckless driver in the 2900 block of the same street. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Police: 2 Friendswood men suspected in vehicle burglaries," 21 Aug. 2019 Officer Byron White described the ticketing as part of a larger safety effort that also clamps down on distracted and intoxicated drivers, speeding, motorists who run red lights and people who fail to buckle their seat belts. Rachel Swan,, "Berkeley cyclists cry foul over $238 citations for rolling through stop signs," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of motorist

1896, in the meaning defined above

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12 Nov 2019

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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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