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

Definition of passenger

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 Gray wants to include video from an incident on May 6, 2019, when Floyd was a passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped by the Minneapolis police. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Prosecutors seek privacy order to keep details of George Floyd's 2019 arrest from public view," 13 Oct. 2020 According to a probable cause statement, Dunning was a passenger in a car driving past the Helaman Halls dorms shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "UVU soccer played arrested for shooting 3 BYU students with a BB gun," 13 Oct. 2020 Just one week before delivering the commencement address, Ifill had been a passenger on an Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia. Melissa Harris Perry, Glamour, "Sherrilyn Ifill, Civil Rights Superhero," 13 Oct. 2020 Amanda Shea Barker, 28, was a passenger in a 2017 Jeep Wrangler traveling south on Arkansas 33 shortly after midnight, a preliminary report states. David Wilson, Arkansas Online, "State police: 3 killed in separate weekend crashes," 12 Oct. 2020 Sky Danee Campbell, of Baltimore, was a passenger on a dirt bike that collided with another bike traveling in the same westbound lane of Murkle Road just before 8:15 p.m. Washington Post, "Woman killed, 2 men injured when dirt bikes collide in Carroll County," 11 Oct. 2020 Police did not say who was the driver and who was the passenger during the incident. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Two men arrested in shooting at Lorain police officer during Tuesday night chase," 8 Oct. 2020 According to a news release from the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office: Jane Strobel, 68, of Kewaskum was the passenger in a GMC Acadia being driven east on Highway 33 by a 67-year-old man just before noon July 8. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Milwaukee woman has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a fatal head-on collision in the town of Saukville," 6 Oct. 2020 The woman and child were shot during a domestic situation, but the man was the passenger in a passing car that was carjacked at Grand National Boulevard and Overland Ridge as a suspect fled police, said Boone County Sheriff Lt. Ridgell. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, "Boone County Sheriff: Three people shot, one fatally, in domestic incident, carjacking," 3 Oct. 2020

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

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18 Oct 2020

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“Passenger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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
British : 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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