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

Often people ask to go for rides just to chat with her, and once a pregnant passenger delivered a baby in her front seat en route to the hospital. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 This soon proved to be the case at sea, where the new passenger’s navigational guidance through... Richard Conniff, WSJ, "‘Sea People’ Review: The Globe’s Greatest Explorers," 15 Mar. 2019 It’s designed to put Alexa in your passenger’s seat, making it easier for you as the driver to call upon the assistant using voice commands. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Want an Alexa device? Here’s every Amazon Echo, compared," 22 Nov. 2018 Officials with the Transportation Security Administration have determined that two suspicious items found in a female passenger’s checked bag were actually novelty bottle openers shaped like hand grenades. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "TSA finds grenade-shaped novelties in checked luggage at Newark airport," 22 Aug. 2018 According to prosecutors and trial testimony, Ingraham was a passenger in a car that Tephford pulled over late on Nov. 11, 2006. Rafael Olmeda,, "Final plea for mercy before jury weighs death penalty in murder of Broward deputy," 13 July 2018 Jeffrey Robertson, 39, was shot and killed while sitting in the front passenger’s seat of a car in the 7200 block of Cullen, near the South Loop, according to Houston police. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man shot, killed while sitting in car in Houston's South Side," 10 July 2018 The ship's captain later said a ship video showed a passenger apparently jumping from the eighth-deck balcony at 4:15 a.m. The Coast Guard later said officials had no indication of what led the person to go overboard. Anchorage Daily News, "Coast Guard searches for man who appears to have gone overboard from Alaska-bound cruise ship," 10 July 2018 Smith returned to the gas pumps about 10 minutes later as a passenger in another car. Andres Picon,, "Man flees police, crashes car in Manchester, N.H.," 10 July 2018

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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