noun, often attributive
pas·sen·ger | \ ˈpa-sᵊn-jər \

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.

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The EX Premium includes a six-way power driver’s seat with lumbar (but no separate seat-cushion tilt) and a four-way manual front passenger seat with height adjustment. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 The result is that owners of passenger cars often pay higher total registration fees than owners of trucks that weigh as much as 30,000 pounds, Gannon said. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Ada County drivers, you subsidize big trucks — even though they damage roads more.," 11 July 2018 Overall, sales of passenger cars rose 4.6% to 11.8 million in the January to June period, the manufacturers association said, while commercial vehicle sales were up 10.6% to 2.3 million. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "Ford Sales Plummet in China, and New Tariff Hit Is Yet to Come," 11 July 2018 Elias reluctantly settled into his role, designing engines for passenger cars. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "His dream was to race cars. Now this Miami kid is building them for one of best F1 teams," 10 July 2018 In addition, a battery plant will also be built near the existing passenger-car plant ensuring availability of cutting-edge technology for future generations of Mercedes-Benz vehicles built in the U.S. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Hair Saloon plans Houston expansion," 10 July 2018 Maybe that’s because sunlight streaming through a passenger-car window bounces on and off a fellow traveler the way the light of a movie screen flickers across the audience. Ron Grossman,, "A year later, still thinking about a stranger met on a train," 9 July 2018 Melissa Jaffe said Friday that a a southbound pickup truck crossed the median and struck a northbound passenger car. CBS News, "Mother survives car crash that killed husband, 4 daughters," 7 July 2018 Walling said Moneypenny visited tracks near Detroit used by Ford and General Motors to test passenger cars. Dave Caldwell, New York Times, "The Forgotten Figure Behind Daytona International Speedway," 7 July 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of passenger

: someone riding on or in a vehicle

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