mo·​tor·​man ˈmō-tər-mən How to pronounce motorman (audio)
: 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 Summer Street Trolley Tragedy When a motorman failed to see the warning lights on the Summer Street Bridge, a car of the Boston Elevated railway plunged into Fort Point Channel, killing 47 people., 3 Mar. 2022 The next morning, the motorman went out to find food for them; a nearby bakery and drugstore provided coffee and doughnuts. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Jan. 2022 Catonsville Rails to Trails is set to complete a restoration project of a mural depicting the No. 8 Streetcar Path that includes the addition of Berley Roberts Sr., one of the first African American motorman in Baltimore. Cameron Goodnight,, 20 Oct. 2021 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motorman was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Motorman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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mo·​tor·​man ˈmōt-ər-mən How to pronounce motorman (audio)
: an operator of a motor-driven vehicle (as a streetcar or a subway train)
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