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.

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An interesting ride companion is the modern equivalent of the serendipitous airplane seatmate. Simone Stolzoff,, "They called an UberPool and found love," 27 Aug. 2019 That prompted an outcry from consumer groups concerned about passengers being subjected to the cellphone conversations of seatmates. Anita Sharpe / Bloomberg, Time, "Could Your Cell Phone Really Crash Your Flight? On 2 Popular Boeing Jets, There's a Risk," 18 July 2019 Ride service, airline, seat type, hotel chain, flight attendant, plane model, seatmate, in-flight snack, in-flight magazine—the business traveller has strong preferences and Vibranium-Medallion-level status. Catherine Mevs, The New Yorker, "Business Travellers Know," 3 Aug. 2019 Son and seatmate become buddies 'Above and beyond' The Larsen family lives in Meridian, Idaho. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Mom gets 1 RSVP to a party for her son with autism. Then a football team arrives," 25 July 2019 That prompted an outcry from consumer groups concerned about passengers being subjected to the mobile phone conversations of seatmates. Anita Sharpe, Fortune, "Flying on a Boeing 737 or 777? It’s Probably Best to Turn Off Your Phone," 19 July 2019 Kavanaugh was about as likely to be in sync with his liberal seatmate Elena Kagan as his fellow conservative Gorsuch, Feldman's research shows. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Gorsuch, Kavanaugh shift the Supreme Court, but their differences are striking," 30 June 2019 Bjornson shared the note from Pedraza and a cute picture of the two seatmates on her Facebook page, and the post has received 118,000 shares. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Mom sends son with autism on plane with $10 and a note. Son and seatmate become buddies," 30 June 2019 Justice Gorsuch joined a 5-4 opinion by his liberal seatmate, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, enforcing Indian hunting rights under a 19th-century treaty that Wyoming claimed were terminated by their state’s admission to the union in 1890. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Trump’s Supreme Court Picks, While Aligned, Haven’t Moved in Lockstep," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of seatmate

1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of seatmate

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

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