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.

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That kind of success represents a comeback from controversy over a particular model of passenger scanners deployed in 2010. Ronald D. White,, "This Hawthorne company finds security in border protection," 6 July 2019 Several buses lined up waiting for boarding passengers in front of her. Martin E. Comas,, "Seminole talks to Lynx, Jai-Alai fronton owner about moving busy bus stop to make way for redevelopment," 5 July 2019 On some flights when the passenger load and cargo load is heavy, the flight is planned to land at the maximum landing weight. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Why do pilots burn off fuel and what's with the turbulence in Las Vegas?," 5 July 2019 Based on a British series and franchised around the world, the game show, hosted by Ben Bailey, had Bailey picking up passengers in New York and quizzing them for cash prizes. Matthew Gilbert,, "Bravo gives ‘Cash Cab’ reboot the green light," 5 July 2019 The flight's 217 passengers were safely evacuated after the emergency landing, the Massachusetts State Police said. Elizabeth Joseph And Faith Karimi, CNN, "A Virgin Atlantic flight makes an emergency landing in Boston after a cabin fire," 5 July 2019 Four other passengers on the Mastercraft were transported for medical attention by emergency responders, said Marine Patrol Sgt. Carol Robinson |,, "Woman missing on Smith Lake after crash identified; driver charged with boating under the influence," 5 July 2019 All 217 passengers onboard the flight were successfully evacuated. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Burning battery pack forces emergency landing of Virgin flight," 5 July 2019 The distinction between flying for free and flying for money is important because pilots flying passengers commercially need to operate as a Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "NTSB: Pilot in fatal crash near Seward ‘volunteered’ to fly Michigan couple," 5 July 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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