trav·​el·​er | \ ˈtra-və-lər How to pronounce traveler (audio) , ˈtrav-lər \
variants: or traveller

Definition of traveler

1 : one that travels: such as
a : one that goes on a trip or journey
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.
Recent Examples on the Web North Texas travelers already had access to Guanajuato and Zacatecas through DFW Airport on American Airlines, but not at the discounted prices of Volaris. Dallas News, "Low-cost Mexican airline Volaris will fly from DFW to Zacatecas and Guanajuato," 24 Jan. 2020 The screenings only affect travelers coming to the U.S. on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, China, but all passengers from Wuhan will have to pass through one of the five airports. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "CDC confirms first case of coronavirus in the United States," 21 Jan. 2020 Cleveland travelers still have options to both LaGuardia and Reagan National. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "United Airlines dropping nonstop service from Cleveland Hopkins to LaGuardia, Reagan National," 16 Jan. 2020 Those stations are further east than La Guardia, so travelers from Manhattan would have to go beyond the airport to head west. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "Why Ocasio-Cortez Is Criticizing Cuomo’s Plan for a Train to La Guardia," 13 Jan. 2020 Train travelers between Portland and Seattle will have to make other plans, as Amtrak service between the two cities has temporarily been suspended because of a landslide blocking the tracks. oregonlive, "Amtrak train travel between Portland and Seattle temporarily suspended because of landslide," 8 Jan. 2020 Some of the deals are straightforward, while travelers have to jump through some hoops to take advantage of the cheapest of the cheap. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "With the new year arrives a new crop of cheap flights to popular destinations," 4 Jan. 2020 From the new concourse, travelers will have expansive views of the D.C. skyline, including the U.S. Capitol dome. Washington Post, "Work moves forward on a new concourse at Reagan National Airport," 30 Dec. 2019 News of the Hong Kong protests is censored and overland travelers from Hong Kong to China have reportedly had to unlock their phones for border officials looking for evidence of participation in, or support for, the unrest. Hillary Leung / Hong Kong, Time, "Hong Kong Democracy Slogans Heard at Mainland Chinese Protest: Report," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of traveler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of traveler was in the 14th century

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28 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Traveler.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of traveler

: someone who is traveling or who travels often
British : a person who moves around from place to place instead of living in one place for a long time

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