noun, often attributive
pas·​sen·​ger | \ ˈpa-sᵊn-jər How to pronounce passenger (audio) \

Definition of passenger

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 The footage shows the moment one officer breaks a passenger side window. Uriel J. Garcia, The Arizona Republic, "'I'm not afraid,': Phoenix police Chief Jeri Williams welcomes scrutiny," 10 July 2020 Police say two people on the passenger side of the truck aimed guns at the driver as others ran off with packages from the vehicle. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Amid protests, truckers determined not to become the next Reginald Denny," 9 July 2020 Police are searching for a light-colored, possibly silver, SUV that has significant damage on the passenger side that witnesses said fled the scene of the Union-Miles neighborhood crash that left Devon Isom dead. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland police release description of SUV sought in deadly hit-and-run of motorcyclist," 3 July 2020 Another officer punched Robinson multiple times through the open passenger side window. Hira Humayun, CNN, "Eight Louisiana police officers accused of excessive force after chase have been indicted," 1 July 2020 Arbery tries to go around the passenger side of the vehicle to avoid Travis. Photo: Erin Clark/the Boston Globe/getty Images.,, "Three Men Have Been Indicted On Murder Charges For Killing Ahmaud Arbery — Finally," 25 June 2020 The twins saw someone to talk to every time their car slowed, Zakiria from the backseat and Anaste from the passenger side. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Follow high school grads as they say goodbye to a senior year stolen by coronavirus," 24 June 2020 In a 2017 incident, Rolfe was reprimanded for pointing a gun out of a passenger side window toward a fleeing vehicle. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Live updates: DC protesters topple Confederate statue; Trump rallies in Tulsa a day after Juneteenth," 20 June 2020 The camouflage also appears to indicate a fuel-door on the passenger side. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Chevy Corvette C8 with Enormous Wing Spotted Testing," 19 June 2020

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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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The first known use of passenger was in the 14th century

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26 Jul 2020

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“Passenger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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