mo·​tor·​man | \ ˈmō-tər-mən How to pronounce motorman (audio) \

Definition of motorman

: an operator of a motor-driven vehicle (such as a streetcar or subway train)

Examples of motorman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her father was a subway motorman, her mother a homemaker., 10 Sep. 2021 The 36-year-old motorman was found on the tracks and pronounced dead at Mount Sinai hospital, CBS News New York reports. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, 27 Mar. 2020 The groom’s' father retired as a motorman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York. New York Times, 24 Nov. 2019 Her father, Rupert, an immigrant from Trinidad, was a motorman for the New York City subway system. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 4 June 2019 Kicked out of the car and set upon by the white motorman and conductor, Caldwell shot his pistol twice, killing one of his attackers. Ursula Wolfe-rocca, Teen Vogue, 8 Apr. 2019 Brouillard's father had a steady job with a steady salary as a motorman for the the streetcar company. USA TODAY, 5 May 2018 Shirley Elizabeth Webster was the daughter of Maynard S. Webster, a Baltimore Transit Co. streetcar motorman, and E. Pauline Webster, a homemaker. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 8 Mar. 2018 In the photo above, in 1928, streetcar conductors and motormen are gathered at the entrance of the Canal Streetcar Barn, which extended back two full city blocks. Melinda Morris,, 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of motorman

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of motorman was in 1889

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“Motorman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of motorman

: a man whose job is to drive a subway train or a streetcar


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