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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Synonyms for traveler


excursionist, rubberneck, rubbernecker, sightseer, tourist, tripper [chiefly British]

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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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Black, who lives in San Francisco, is a frequent traveler to France. Hartford Courant,, "Write Stuff: Charles Monagan Kicks Off CT Authors Trail, Avon's Author Fest Continues," 11 July 2018 On a recent trip home from Boca Raton, Fla., with my daughter Julia, TPN turned me into a traveler with special needs. Denise Teter,, "For a colorectal cancer survivor on IV nutrition, airport security is another hurdle to vault," 11 July 2018 Although a single trip is unlikely to carry long-term health risks, Abbott says, jet lag can impair safety and performance, depending on what a traveler is trying to accomplish upon arrival. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Time-zone changes can leave people worried about jet lag," 7 July 2018 The twist in The View UpStairs, directed by Derek Van Barham, is a time traveler from 2017 who needs to learn a lesson. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "A time traveler takes in The View UpStairs and learns important lessons about life and community," 6 July 2018 The reality is that artsy Surry Hills, near Sydney’s CBD, is still the only neighbor-hood besides Bondi that a traveler would want to hang out in all day. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 Gaul, a frequent traveler, had never heard such instructions before while waiting in an airport security line. Martine Powers, Anchorage Daily News, "TSA screeners nibbling away at travelers' patience. This time over snacks.," 2 July 2018 The podcast is about women who lead nomadic lives, and the Instagram account seamlessly curates different voices into one feed, dedicating each post to a new traveler. Jill Sanford, Outside Online, "9 Travel Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram," 1 July 2018 Bouckoms is a world traveler with a love for the harsh but incredible Antarctic weather. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 29 May 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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