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

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Cordero was a passenger in Smith’s Lamborghini when a tire blew out, causing their vehicle to swerve and hit a median on I-90 West in Cleveland, according to the Browns’ statement. Lindsay Kimble,, "Chris Smith Will Play with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, Nearly 1 Week After Girlfriend's Death," 16 Sep. 2019 The victims were passengers in a car that was was being shot at around 7:50 p.m. The driver of the vehicle drove to a nearby hospital. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A teenager was killed in a double shooting Saturday night," 15 Sep. 2019 Skyllingstad was a passenger on the train when his railcar left the tracks after the train approached a 30-mph curve going 78 mph. NBC News, "Jury awards $17 million to 3 plaintiffs in deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington," 14 Sep. 2019 The left side of the car’s front bumper struck a tree, after which the right front passenger side hit another tree, state police said. Christine Dempsey,, "UConn student, Tolland grad, dies in crash," 12 Sep. 2019 They were last seen driving a red GMC Sierra truck bearing Arizona license plate 127XTY, with damage on its front passenger side and rear bumper. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Fugitive couple Blane, Susan Barksdale nabbed in Arizona manhunt," 11 Sep. 2019 High-tech goodies include a horizontal touchscreen that stretches all the way to the passenger side, with a separate control panel. Christoph Rauwald, Fortune, "Watch Out Tesla: Porsche Unveils Its First-Ever Electric Car," 4 Sep. 2019 Two young children who were passengers in the vehicle were airlifted to Johns Hopkins Hospital by MSP Aviation for evaluation and treatment., "Mount Airy woman killed, two children injured in single-vehicle collision," 30 Aug. 2019 The woman was a passenger in the car, which police first noticed because the muffler was noisy. Bob Sandrick,, "Resident finds 7-month-old boy in intersection; police arrest drunk driver with hand in popcorn: Berea police blotter," 29 Aug. 2019

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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
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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