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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There haven’t been many travelers down the Delta this summer. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Denali Highway is in great shape, and caribou are there for the taking," 8 Sep. 2019 Once built, Denver’s first Life House should offer travelers an option right in between Airbnb and new Denver boutique hotels like The Source or The Ramble. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "North Denver’s first boutique hotel and hostel opens next year — and it wants to compete with Airbnb prices," 6 Sep. 2019 The cruise line is refunding travelers who go on the trip 50% of the fare paid for the days missed and offering $250 in onboard credit. Chabeli Herrera,, "Disney alters cruises to leave Port Canaveral Wednesday — when Hurricane Dorian may be in Orlando," 30 Aug. 2019 Nonstop service certainly appeals to business travelers, Sorensen said. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The new Midwest Express will not be the old, beloved Midwest Express. Industry economics won't allow it.," 30 Aug. 2019 Most visitors are leisure travelers and about 14% of visitors are international, Glynn told the Sentinel. Elaine Ingalls, The Mercury News, "Study: American workers leave record 768 million vacation days unused," 27 Aug. 2019 Lake Mungo’s remoteness is central to its appeal to travelers. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 Given British travelers as a whole can spend as much as $55 billion during overseas trips, even small shifts in exchange rates can seriously add up. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "How Brexit ravaged the once-mighty British pound," 15 Aug. 2019 Vasu Raja, American’s vice president of network and schedule planning, acknowledged that U.S. carriers had in the past started some overseas routes before there were sufficient domestic travelers to sustain them. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "U.S. Airlines, After Rebuilding Home Networks, Look to Expand Overseas," 24 June 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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