seat·​mate ˈsēt-ˌmāt How to pronounce seatmate (audio)
: one with whom one shares a seat (as in a vehicle with double or paired seats)

Example Sentences

My seatmate on the flight to Rome was very friendly.
Recent Examples on the Web Rainn Wilson shared a video of his unassuming seatmate on a flight watching The Office. Jessica Wang,, 13 Apr. 2023 My seatmate, however, was cool as a cucumber. Barry Samaha, Robb Report, 27 Sep. 2022 And that should not offend your seatmate. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 And if no adjacent seats were available, families simply had to cross their fingers and hope that understanding seatmates would be willing to switch. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Feb. 2023 Several months later, the English teacher was on a long bus ride, when his seatmate, a young French traveler, told him about a German filmmaker named Werner Herzog, who had required his crew to haul a steamship up a hill in the Amazon for a scene in a film called Fitzcarraldo. Peter Gwin, National Geographic, 26 Aug. 2020 Her seatmate, Barry Bonds, did not. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Apr. 2022 My seatmate at the theatre that night, who was born in Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn, was taken aback by how much Samini’s voice evoked that of the legendary dancehall artist Buju Banton, and how much the track sounded like it could have been cooked up somewhere in Kingston. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 12 Nov. 2021 Many people would appreciate a plane-wide mute button, but others welcome the opportunity to connect with their travel companion or seatmate. Natalie B. Compton, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seatmate was in 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Seatmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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