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

Two incidents earlier this year gave the issue fresh urgency: On April 16, Hamden and Yale University police officers fired 16 shots into a car with unarmed occupants, seriously injuring a female passenger. Daniela Altimari,, "Police accountability bills receives final legislative approval from the House over objections from Republicans," 6 June 2019 The abrupt change has left cruise lines and passengers – some of whom book months or even a year ahead – scrambling. Leada Gore |,, "No more Cuba cruises: Carnival, others cancel trips, offer refunds," 6 June 2019 The plane would be shorter and lighter than an A350 but could carry just as much cargo and could accommodate 314 passengers, just like the Airbus plane. Denise Chow, NBC News, "Futuristic 'Flying-V' airplane concept puts passengers inside the wings," 5 June 2019 The human goes into space, not as a passenger, but as an essential part of the instrumentation needed for a particular mission. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon," 4 June 2019 According to Yahoo Lifestyle, Harry was spotted boarding a commercial flight by a fellow passenger. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Just Took a Commercial Flight Back to London," 29 May 2019 Regardless of when a passenger booked the flight, if their journey happens on or after that date, the new regulation will be applied to them. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Delta is now restricting emotional support animals on flights. This could be a good thing.," 11 Dec. 2018 Russia’s market for passenger cars has been under significant pressure in recent years, leading to Ford-Sollers plants running below capacity and generating inadequate returns, the car maker said. Nathan Allen, WSJ, "Ford Joint Venture to Exit Russia Passenger Car Market," 27 Mar. 2019 All eight passengers and the two pilots lost their lives. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Honors Late Band Members Who Died in a Tragic Plane Crash 28 Years Ago," 18 Mar. 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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