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 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, "NYC subway fire kills one, injures 9; other blazes reported nearby," 27 Mar. 2020 The groom’s' father retired as a motorman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York. New York Times, "Ann Marie Coviello, Marc Lyons," 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, "Dr. Patricia Bath, 76, Who Took On Blindness and Earned a Patent, Dies," 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, "The Red Summer of 1919, Explained," 8 Apr. 2019 Brouillard's father had a steady job with a steady salary as a motorman for the the streetcar company. USA TODAY, "Priest accused in 124 Guam sex abuse cases ages quietly, alone," 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,, "Shirley W. Lentz, homemaker who was active at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Timonium, dies," 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,, "Mid-City in decades past: Historic photos from The Times-Picayune," 19 Sep. 2017 The motorman was put on trial but exonerated for his role in the crash. James Karst,, "The death of Palmer Park's controversial namesake," 4 June 2017

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Motorman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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