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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Flight cancellations and passenger rebookings will likely spread throughout airline systems following President Trump’s order grounding Boeing Co.’s fleet of 737 MAX airliners Wednesday. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Flight Cancellations and Passenger Rebookings to Hit Travelers After 737 MAX Grounding," 13 Mar. 2019 Sunday's disaster, in which 150 passengers were killed, was the second fatal incident involving the Boeing aircraft model in five months: Last November, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea minutes after takeoff, killing 189 people. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Pilot of Doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight Reported Control Problems Shortly After Takeoff," 13 Mar. 2019 According to Market Watch, the Uber payment breakdown goes like this: On average, Uber drivers typically collect $24.77 per hour in passenger fares. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "You're Probably Not Tipping Your Uber Driver Enough," 12 Dec. 2018 In addition to ridding flights of nuts and giving at-risk passengers the option to board early, airlines can be doing even more to keep their customers safe. Zoe Weiner, SELF, "American Airlines Will Let Passengers With Nut Allergies Board First," 9 Nov. 2018 The see-through flooring will give passengers views from every angle at 16,000 feet above. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Hybrid Airship Is Basically a Flying Mansion," 30 July 2018 The video shows the deputy returning to the vehicle and speaking with Mosley through the passenger side window. Scott Berson, sacbee, "Lawmaker caught driving 97 mph told deputy he had ‘immunity.’ Was he right?," 13 July 2018 The driver then sped away, with two passengers in the car, and damaged a fence at a nearby school before crashing at the corner of Skyline Drive and Canton Drive shortly after 1 a.m., Doerr said. City News Service,, "Suspected drunken driver damages school fence; crashes in Lemon Grove," 5 July 2018 Many of the almost 90 million passengers flying in and out of Dubai last year traveled on an A380. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airports Worried the A380 Was Too Big. Turns Out, That Wasn’t the Problem.," 14 Feb. 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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