noun, often attributive
pas·​sen·​ger | \ ˈpa-sᵊn-jər How to pronounce passenger (audio) \

Definition of passenger

1 : wayfarer
2 : a traveler in a public or private conveyance

Examples of passenger in a Sentence

There were two passengers in the car in addition to the driver. There's no room for passengers on this project; everybody must do his share of the work.
Recent Examples on the Web Bryan recorded Travis McMichael standing with a shotgun outside the driver's side door of his idling truck when Arbery approched on foot, then ran around the passenger side. Russ Bynum, ajc, 22 Nov. 2021 After running around the truck on the passenger side, Arbery disappears briefly from view. Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 According to police, an unknown person fired multiple gunshots into the passenger side of a vehicle and struck a woman in the right leg. John Sharp |, al, 20 Nov. 2021 After a tow truck lifted the front of the semi-truck, the Altima driver was able to get out of the car through an opening on the passenger side of the car. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 20 Nov. 2021 Arbery then runs around the passenger side as McMichael moves to the front and the two come face to face. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 19 Nov. 2021 After getting no response, officers broke open a passenger-side window and found Bynum in the driver's seat and Vicosa and two girls in the back seat, all of whom appeared to have been shot, police said. Mirna Alsharif And Rob Frehse, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 Arbery then runs around the passenger side as McMichael moves to the front and the two come face to face., 18 Nov. 2021 Arbery then runs around the passenger side as McMichael moves to the front and the two come face to face. Russ Bynum And Jeffrey Collins, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of passenger

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for passenger

Middle English passager, from Anglo-French, from passage path, way, passage, from passer

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“Passenger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of passenger

: a person who is traveling from one place to another in a car, bus, train, ship, airplane, etc., and who is not driving or working on it
: a person in a group who does not do as much work as others


pas·​sen·​ger | \ ˈpa-sᵊn-jər How to pronounce passenger (audio) \

Kids Definition of passenger

: someone riding on or in a vehicle


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