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pedestrian

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adjective pe·des·tri·an \pə-ˈde-strē-ən\

Definition of pedestrian

  1. 1 :  commonplace, unimaginative his sentences and phrases are too often pedestrian, commonplace, and flat — The Times Literary Supplement (London)

  2. 2a :  going or performed on foot pedestrian traffic a pedestrian tour of the villageb :  of, relating to, or designed for walking a pedestrian mall a pedestrian bridge

Examples of pedestrian in a Sentence

  1. He lived a pedestrian life, working at the paper mill and living in his trailer.

  2. pedestrian concerns like paying the bills and getting the kids to school on time

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How Should You Use pedestrian?

Most of us know pedestrian as a noun meaning someone who travels on foot. But the adjective sense of pedestrian as defined here is actually its original meaning. To be pedestrian was to be drab or dull, as if plodding along on foot rather than speeding on horseback or by coach. Pedestrian is often used to describe a colorless or lifeless writing style, but it can also describe politicians, public tastes, personal qualities, or possessions. In comparison with the elaborate stage shows put on by today's rock artists, for instance, most of the stage presentations of 1960s rock stars seem pedestrian.

Origin and Etymology of pedestrian

Latin pedestr-, pedester, literally, going on foot, from ped-, pes foot — more at foot


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pedestrian

noun pe·des·tri·an

Definition of pedestrian

  1. :  a person going on foot :  walker

Examples of pedestrian in a Sentence

  1. The car slid off the road and almost hit a group of pedestrians.

Recent Examples of pedestrian from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of pedestrian

see 1pedestrian



PEDESTRIAN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pedestrian for English Language Learners

  • : not interesting or unusual

  • : relating to or designed for people who are walking

pedestrian

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Definition of pedestrian for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is walking in a city, along a road, etc.


PEDESTRIAN Defined for Kids

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noun pe·des·tri·an \pə-ˈdes-trē-ən\

Definition of pedestrian for Students

  1. :  a person who is walking

Word Root of pedestrian

The Latin word pes, meaning “foot,” and its form pedis give us the root ped. A pedestrian is a person who travels on foot. Before trains, planes, and cars, an expedition, or journey, was often carried out by foot. An impediment makes movement or progress difficult, as if getting in the way of the feet.



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