trav·el·er | \ ˈtra-və-lər , ˈtrav-lər \
variants: or traveller

Definition of traveler 

1 : one that travels: such as

a : one that goes on a trip or journey

b : traveling salesman

2a : an iron ring sliding along a rope, bar, or rod of a ship

b : a rod on the deck on which such a ring slides

3 : any of various devices for handling something that is being transported laterally

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Examples of traveler in a Sentence

Groups of travelers were everywhere that summer. The airport can handle large numbers of travelers.

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Camp staff said this mix-up has happened before among travelers trying to get to Provincetown. J.d. Capelouto,, "He got on the wrong boat to Provincetown, so Jack Connors bailed him out with a plane ticket," 13 July 2018 Beckmann believes many travelers hope to be changed in some way. Diane Daniel,, "'Transformative travel' is the industry's latest twist on making vacations more meaningful," 13 July 2018 Cincinnati travelers will have a new vacation option in summer 2019: direct flights to Los Cabos, Mexico. Hannah Sparling,, "CVG gets new direct flights to Mexico for summer 2019," 12 July 2018 Success finally came from using the straight-line journey of a fellow-traveler ghost particle. Mike Wall, NBC News, "High-energy 'ghost particle' traced to distant galaxy in astronomy breakthrough," 12 July 2018 Still, roughly seven out of every 10 travelers connected through the airport, vs. just three out of 10 who started or ended their trip at Charlotte. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 2018 The bridge is expected to help mitigate some of the city’s bicycle and pedestrian safety issues, but officials don’t expect travelers will stray too far from their regular route to use the bridge. Ryan Gillespie,, "Pedestrian bridge to take shape as steel truss is installed during Colonial Drive closure," 12 July 2018 Previously, travelers using SMART and AirRide could request to be dropped off at the McNamara Terminal on the departures level. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "McNamara Terminal moves aimed at public transport users to Metro Airport," 12 July 2018 Despite their fondness for silence, the Filicudari are also known for welcoming travelers. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of traveler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of traveler

: someone who is traveling or who travels often

: a person who moves around from place to place instead of living in one place for a long time

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