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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For any traveler who has questioned what to do during Rome’s midday closures or longs for respite and reflection, why not sit on a shaded bench and stretch those legs? Washington Post, "Rome’s seven hills offer seven green respites from summer’s crowds," 12 July 2019 Service on the Metro Green Line train that usually takes travelers to an LAX shuttle will be unavailable on upcoming weekends because of track work and testing. Mary Forgione,, "Green Line's airport stop and some other stations to close temporarily on weekends," 12 July 2019 The financially troubled Via Airlines of Maitland has been acquired by Ashley Air of Atlanta, a charter service catering to leisure, business and luxury travelers. Kevin Spear,, "Via Airlines of Maitland sold to Atlanta charter flight service," 11 July 2019 Washington officials continue to warn travelers that the Chinese authorities have blocked a number of Americans from leaving China, a practice known as exit bans. New York Times, "A Koch Executive’s Harassment in China Adds to Fears Among Visitors," 11 July 2019 Airport growth has driven change The airport has grown significantly over the past months, clocking 14 consecutive months of growth and 1.702 million travelers in the 2018 fiscal year. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Macayo's likely opening at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Here are the other restaurants to expect," 11 July 2019 When the world’s largest airline becomes unreliable, travelers get punished. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "A Nightmare Summer for American Airlines," 10 July 2019 Intrepid is also focused on working alongside local organizations and communities to ensure that locals and travelers do more than coexist — that tourism actually helps places and people thrive. Pamela Wright,, "Leave the world a better place," 9 July 2019 Carnegie Mellon and the airport have partnered in developing new systems and technologies for enhancing traveler experiences and airport operations. Kristen De Groot,, "Flying blind: Apps help visually impaired navigate airport," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of traveler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jul 2019

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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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