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 seat has been redesigned to eliminate a slight step in the foam between the driver and passenger, and to be firmer and flatter. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "The Ducati Scrambler Icon Bike Just Got a Little Sweeter To Ride," 25 Sep. 2018 The train driver and passengers in Poland were uninjured. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "A Polish Teen Died During Her Driving Test After Her Car Stalled on Train Tracks," 28 Aug. 2018 The driver and passenger then ran from the car, according to a statement from the investigative bureau. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Lawyer: Georgia police officer stalked and hunted fleeing black man," 29 June 2018 The 10 passengers were on a fishing trip when the de Havilland Otter crashed. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Rescue crew recalls dramatic moment they found survivors of Alaska plane crash," 11 July 2018 The passenger is seen in the video using a tool to pry open the vacuum machine., "Crime Report: Burglary victim believes thief accessed home by using garage door remote control," 11 July 2018 Officers learned from witnesses including the child’s mother that there had been a car crash with Crowley as the driver, and the 5-month-old passenger in the car was missing. Jeff Truesdell,, "Montana 'Miracle' Baby: Suspect Allegedly Buried Boy in Mountains Because He Was 'Very Heavy'," 11 July 2018 Initially well received, the story about the passengers who hit it off garnered more than 300,000 retweets and over 800,000 likes. Gina Martinez, Time, "''Wrong on Many Levels.' Woman Behind #Planebae Apologizes for Viral Tweets About Those Two Passengers," 10 July 2018 Out of respect for the deceased, TSA officers will not open a container, even if requested by the passenger. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Giants defensive tackle A.J. Francis calls out TSA for spilling his mother's ashes," 9 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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by force of circumstances

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