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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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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But that's no longer the case, at least for a few lucky London travelers: the city's Heathrow Express is aiming to take its customers journey from drab to fab in celebration of the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which begins today in the UK. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "3,000 Flowers Turn This Train Into a Floral Paradise," 21 May 2019 In 2000, measles was declared eradicated in the U.S., meaning new cases had to be imported by travelers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "‘They Have to Get the Shots’," 26 Apr. 2019 Over the years, Google has loaned out its Street View camera to photographers, travelers, and organizations to bring 360-degree imagery of cultural landmarks to Google Maps. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Google updated its Street View Trekker to look slightly less dorky," 18 Dec. 2018 The good news—conditions will clear up and the wind will die down just in time for Thanksgiving travelers planning to drive or fly this weekend. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "AccuWeather Predicts This Season's First Major Snowstorm Is About to Hit Much of the U.S.," 12 Nov. 2018 After three seasons of will-they-or-won't-they drama, time travelers Claire and Jamie Fraser seem to be 100 percent on for real-real this time. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The New 'Outlander' Season 4 Trailer Is Here and I Am So Ready," 10 Sep. 2018 But there will be some changes for travelers from the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "You're Likely Going to Need an ETIAS to Visit Europe," 15 Mar. 2019 Shutterstock Located in the historic region of Transylvania, Sighisoara may not be on the radar of many travelers, but that’s a shame. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Motivated by General Order One, a kind of proto-Prime Directive, the away teams acts as travelers from the north in order to figure out how these humans arrived on this far-flung rock. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Gets Back to Basics," 25 Jan. 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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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