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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The storm was causing havoc for travelers on Florida’s east coast, where some airports and gasoline stations were closed. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Hurricane Dorian tracker: Category 3 storm creeps toward Florida," 3 Sep. 2019 Cruise control While shortening and delaying vacations for some, the hurricane also meant extended cruises for other travelers. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "DisneyWorld, Legoland and other Orlando tourist parks close as Dorian nears Florida," 3 Sep. 2019 The work should not cause delays for travelers, but rest area users should expect some delays, closed areas and crowding in the rest area for the next week. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: ODOT closes I-84 ramp to I-5 south for three nights starting 10 p.m.," 3 Sep. 2019 For travelers short on time, accurate TSA wait times could help avoid a frantic race to the gate. Bharbi Hazarika, Los Angeles Times, "Info on TSA wait-time apps is usually off. A new real-time tracking tool changes that," 3 Sep. 2019 Confrontations broke out between protesters and travelers desperate to return home., "Hong Kong airport suspends flights for second day as protesters reoccupy terminal," 13 Aug. 2019 At least that's the consensus of experts and travelers who are working harder than ever to reduce the size of their bags. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "The newest carry-on bags do more with less room: How to get all your gear in a smaller bag," 2 Aug. 2019 Airlines and climate-concerned travelers At least one airline is beginning to acknowledge the concern around flying. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Air travel is a huge contributor to climate change. A new global movement wants you to be ashamed to fly.," 1 Aug. 2019 The horses on Assateague Island are famous among locals and travelers. Fox News, "Wild horse kicks swimsuit-clad tourist in the groin at Maryland beach," 21 July 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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