pas·​sen·​ger ˈpa-sᵊn-jər How to pronounce passenger (audio)
often attributive
: a traveler in a public or private conveyance

Example Sentences

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 The passenger side window was reported broken Feb. 24 on a 2014 Dodge work van parked in the 900 block of South Humphrey Avenue. Chicago Tribune, 10 Mar. 2023 Police conducted a canine search of Diane Cojocari's car, during which the dog alerted to narcotics inside the passenger-side door. Nadine El-bawab, ABC News, 9 Mar. 2023 The first officer approaches the passenger side window again. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 2 Mar. 2023 Last year, Davauer expanded the concept to include Rk'd (arcade) Bar, a 1969 Ford Econoline van with 12 tap lines behind the driver's side and a Nintendo console set up on the passenger side. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 1 Mar. 2023 The FedEx driver reportedly told police the suspect arrived in a vehicle and got out of the passenger side before approaching him. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 27 Feb. 2023 The driver must steer the truck's passenger side wheels through each set with pinpoint accuracy. Lane Sainty, The Arizona Republic, 24 Feb. 2023 Police caught up with Williamson at his grandmother's house and the SUV was found in an alley with extensive damage to its passenger side, records state. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Feb. 2023 During a search of the area, a police officer saw Shaw, of Northeast Washington, enter the passenger side of a vehicle and thought the man might be the perpetrator of the assault, D.C. police said. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of passenger was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Passenger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


pas·​sen·​ger ˈpas-ᵊn-jər How to pronounce passenger (audio)
: a person riding in or on a vehicle
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