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 Directed by George Pal, the film won the Academy Award for best special effects and starred Rod Taylor as a Victorian time-traveler and Ms. Mimieux as his love interest, Weena. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2022 Other fans applauded the show’s commitment to the gritty realities of the west, where capable riders and gunman don’t always fare any better than your standard traveler. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 20 Jan. 2022 The ongoing staffing shortages have a ripple effect on the education and training of current students, as well as on the recruiting of new graduate and traveler hires. Rodney E. Rohde, The Conversation, 19 Jan. 2022 The job is simple: Each traveler gets to stay in 10 Marriott portfolio hotels over the course of 300 days. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 19 Jan. 2022 The trending destinations category is for the locations that showed the greatest year-over-year increase in a combination of positive Tripadvisor traveler reviews and ratings for accommodations, restaurants and things to do. Forrest Brown, CNN, 18 Jan. 2022 Of those, 68 were transmitted within the community or linked to a case involving a traveler into the city, while the rest were imported. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2022 Many a traveler in Haiti has dozed off on the road north from Port-au-Prince to Cap-Haïtien and awakened with surprise to see rice paddies that look like they were transported from the other side of the globe. Jessica B. Harris, Bon Appétit, 13 Jan. 2022 Fourth-quarter domestic business traveler volume was near 60% of the 2019 level. Mary Schlangenstein, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of traveler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Jan 2022

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“Traveler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of traveler

: someone who is traveling or who travels often
: a person who moves around from place to place instead of living in one place for a long time

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