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 new collection, which comes in two patterns, includes a double-wall traveler, a mug, cold cup, pencil case, and pencil set. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks x Holiday Collection Is Inspired by Vintage Wrapping Paper," 27 Nov. 2018 More The storm is approaching as some travelers are on edge about the possibility they will be stuck in long lines at airports. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Heavy Snow Threatens Travel Over Holiday Weekend," 18 Jan. 2019 From Milan-Malpensa, travelers will then be able to connect to Air Italy's network for longer-haul flights (think Bangkok and Mumbai) or shorter hops, like to Naples and Palermo (one of our top places to visit in 2019). Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "It's Now Easier (and Cheaper!) for West Coasters to Fly Direct to Italy," 6 Dec. 2018 Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 are supported, meaning that international travelers will be able to use carriers like DoCoMo, SoftBank, KDDI, EE UK, and Vodafone UK. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft adds LTE options to the Surface Go, making it the always-connected PC it should be," 13 Nov. 2018 But surprisingly, travelers aren't overly concerned with Wi-Fi or full kitchens. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Airbnb Plus Reveals the Amenities Travelers Really Care About," 28 Aug. 2018 Individuals with disabilities, the elderly and frequent travelers are most likely to benefit, Singer said. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "New Scottsdale service will send someone to take the trash out for you," 3 July 2018 Critics have said potential travelers to the United States from those two countries are insignificant. New York Times, "Trump’s Travel Ban: How It Works and Who Is Affected," 1 July 2018 Convention travelers are steps away from a growing restaurant district and the new Old Forester Distillery. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky International Convention Center on pace for August opening," 28 June 2018

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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