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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Examples of traveler in a Sentence

Groups of travelers were everywhere that summer. The airport can handle large numbers of travelers.
Recent Examples on the Web Hundreds of Credential Authentication Technology units that reduce the time needed to confirm a traveler’s identity and that allow travelers to put their own IDs into the scanner are now in use at 115 airports. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "Delivery robots to digital health apps: 5 ways your next airport visit could be contactless," 6 Jan. 2021 One of the people infected was in recent contact with a British traveler. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: Just leave already, 2020, and let 2021 be," 4 Jan. 2021 Hammy, a trauma survivor who is a more bashful and tentative beagle than his predecessor, has become an equally enthusiastic traveler. Washington Post, "John Steinbeck’s classic travelogue showcases man’s best road trip buddy," 31 Dec. 2020 Maybe a business traveler returning from Asia, Seattle or New York or a cruise passenger was infected. Terry Spencer,, "Florida’s year was dominated by COVID-19 crisis, Trump’s election victory," 30 Dec. 2020 Another set of more than 10,000-year-old footprints in New Mexico track a traveler’s journey across a muddy landscape. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ninety Fascinating Finds Revealed in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 One local traveler, Don Blanton from Canton, was hoping to take advantage of the new testing option at Cleveland Hopkins. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "COVID testing for travelers delayed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport," 29 Dec. 2020 Here are a few pairs every traveler should pick up right now to get ready for their future globe-trotting to come. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Amazon's After-Christmas Sale Has so Many Deals on Comfortable Shoes," 28 Dec. 2020 The small-town Minnesota native became a big-time world traveler and spiritual thinker in recent years, then turned up the guitars and '90s rock influences upon returning to the studio. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "The year in Minnesota music: best albums and most trying moments," 24 Dec. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Traveler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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