pas·​sen·​ger ˈpa-sᵊn-jər How to pronounce passenger (audio)
often attributive
: 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.
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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 25 Jun. 2024.

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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