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)

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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 In 1927, he was hired as a motorman for the Chicago Surface Lines, a streetcar service later absorbed by the Chicago Transit Authority, which still has Mr. Cawley’s insurance card on file. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, "‘I Am an American Because of Him’: The Journey of Pence’s Irish Grandfather," 16 Mar. 2017 The train’s motorman is also being interviewed, and will be subject to a drug and alcohol test. Jen Kirby, Daily Intelligencer, "MTA Says ‘Improperly Secured’ Rail Cause of A-Train Derailment," 28 June 2017

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of motorman was in 1889

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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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