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 As the titular space traveler, Fonda rocked some cosmically mod looks, while also leaning fully into the script’s eroticism. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Jane Fonda's best 20 performances," 23 Feb. 2021 There have now been 19 days during the pandemic when traveler screenings exceeded 1 million, all but one since Thanksgiving. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Planning a spring break trip during the pandemic? Here's what you need to know about flights," 22 Feb. 2021 That traveler failed to show up for quarantine, opting instead to find a new hotel and go for a swim. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Tourists Arrested After Trying to Bribe Their Way Into Hawaii Without COVID-19 Test Results," 19 Feb. 2021 Neither traveler had a valid pre-test or Covid-19 exemption, authorities said. Doha Madani, NBC News, "2 tourists tried to bribe screener at Hawaii airport to avoid Covid rules, officials said," 18 Feb. 2021 Another traveler, Michael Smith, was trying to get back to Seattle. Randy Diamond, San Antonio Express-News, "Unable to clear snow, San Antonio International cancels flights through Tuesday," 15 Feb. 2021 Otherwise, the money may be seized and the traveler may face criminal charges. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Traveler hid more than $60,000 in package of sanitary napkins, CBP says," 12 Feb. 2021 In 2013, the hotel garnered a ton of attention as the site of the disappearance and death of 21-year-old traveler Elisa Lam. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The True and Tragic Stories Beyond Hotel Cecil's Violent Fall From Grace," 10 Feb. 2021 Indeed, Bridgman’s RV complex, which opens in October with 59 large campsites, is aimed at attracting a younger working-class traveler that is fueling a surge in RV sales in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. al, "Hot tubs, fishing ponds and high-tech: Alabama RV parks modernize during coronavirus," 31 July 2020

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Traveler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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