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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One of the men got out of a back passenger seat, smashed the window of the second car and rummaged through the car for about three seconds. Alejandro Serrano,, "Vallejo police warn of thieves using tech to scope car burglary targets," 29 Aug. 2019 Overdose: Mayfield Road A Lyndhurst man, 44, was found passed out in the passenger seat of a truck at Tino’s Lounge around 2:30 a.m. Aug. 20., "Man makes way onto school grounds with weapons, drugs: South Euclid Police Blotter," 29 Aug. 2019 The 28 new trains, which fully replace the existing fleet by the end of 2022, will have one-third more passenger seats — and nobody has to sit in the middle. Colin Campbell,, "Check out the interior of Amtrak’s new Acela trains, coming in 2021," 28 Aug. 2019 Just last Thursday, the supermodel, 24, and Bachelorette runner-up, 26, were photographed driving around N.Y.C. together, with Hadid behind the wheel and Cameron taking a nap in the passenger’s seat. Brittany Talarico,, "Gigi Hadid and Tyler Cameron Kiss as They Take Their Relationship Public at VMAs Afterparty: Report," 27 Aug. 2019 Police said Bannon showed signs of impairment and had an elementary school-aged child in the front passenger seat. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "APD: Man speeding on Glenn Highway with child in his vehicle was driving while impaired," 27 Aug. 2019 Daniel Silvashy, 23, was driving southbound on Dimmick Road past Lake Drive with Shawn Lienhardt, 22, in the passenger seat, according to the report. Madeline Mitchell,, "Recent Miami graduate pronounced dead after car crashes into traffic sign," 23 Aug. 2019 Nearly all of the rickshaws are powered by lead-acid batteries underneath the passenger seats. New York Times, "Inside India’s Messy Electric Vehicle Revolution," 22 Aug. 2019 The two women complied, and the other woman quickly got into the passenger seat of a waiting dark green Chrysler 300M, driven by a man, police said in an online notification. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "2 women robbed at gunpoint in front of Mag Mile hotel near Chicago River," 22 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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