seat·​mate | \ ˈsēt-ˌmāt How to pronounce seatmate (audio) \

Definition of seatmate

: one with whom one shares a seat (as in a vehicle with double or paired seats)

Examples of seatmate in a Sentence

My seatmate on the flight to Rome was very friendly.
Recent Examples on the Web Both he and Adele were photographed laughing and enjoying the game alongside their seatmate John Legend, and his son Miles. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Jan. 2022 When the performance ended, the audience responded with what might best described as polite applause mingled with some not-so-polite booing that was loud enough to wake my seatmate. New York Times, 2 Jan. 2022 There’s the weird spacing of the seats; the fact that the blinds are all drawn up on the flight; the seemingly professional camera quality and the impeccable comic timing of the enraged seatmate. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 21 Dec. 2021 The United Airlines corporate Twitter account jumped into the discussion, adding that carry-on turkeys would count as a personal item, though neither the airline nor the agency addressed the feelings of the turkey’s potential seatmate. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 One of the things that makes baseball special is one’s ability to talk to one’s seatmate between innings and between pitches., 29 Oct. 2021 Laird Borrelli-Persson, Archive Editor Inspired by a NYFW seatmate, my September indulgence was a pair of Mansur Gavriel round-toe ballerinas, cut high on the foot. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 1 Oct. 2021 Simultaneously confronting his mother’s death and father’s emergence, Spencer navigates anguish and abandonment, all while testing the waters of intimacy with his airplane seatmate love interest, Petrushka (Jasmine Joy Brooks). Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 The term literally refers to talking with your seatmate on a long-haul bus but can apply to talking with strangers anywhere—at a restaurant, at a bus stop, in a grocery store. Joe Keohane, The Atlantic, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of seatmate

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seatmate was in 1859

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15 Jan 2022

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“Seatmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of seatmate

: a person who sits next to you on a bus, airplane, etc.


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