driv·​er ˈdrī-vər How to pronounce driver (audio)
: one that drives: such as
: the operator of a motor vehicle
: an implement (such as a hammer) for driving
: a mechanical piece for imparting motion to another piece
: one that provides impulse or motivation
a driver in this economy
: a golf wood with a nearly straight face used in driving
: an electronic circuit that supplies input to another electronic circuit
also : loudspeaker
: a piece of computer software that controls input and output operations
driverless adjective

Example Sentences

Who was the driver at the time of the accident? We told the taxi driver to take us to the library. He likes to sit at the front of the bus, near the driver. There's a problem with the printer's driver.
Recent Examples on the Web No injuries were reported in the crash, and police did not say what the driver hit. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Mar. 2023 Romell Griffin, 22, of the 1100 block of South Williams Street, Westmont, was charged with unlawful use of cannabis by driver and driving while license suspended, at 10:49 a.m. March 11. Pioneer Press Staff, Chicago Tribune, 19 Mar. 2023 Anyone with information on the outstanding driver can contact the Phoenix Police Department or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), or for Spanish, 480-TESTIGO (837-8446). Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 18 Mar. 2023 This system is much more visible even when the driver is watching the road and works really well. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 The pursuit ended at the BP gas station on West Saint Paul Avenue and North 27th Street, when the driver stopped, according to police. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 17 Mar. 2023 The police department said officers responded to the scene around 1:45 a.m. and determined the woman was in the roadway of Chesaco Avenue when she was hit by a Nissan Versa, whose driver remained at the scene. Dillon Mullan, Baltimore Sun, 17 Mar. 2023 The cops ride beside us on a horse, telling the float driver to speed up to lose the kids. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 17 Mar. 2023 Oracle Red Bull Racing is giving you the chance to train just like your favorite Formula 1 driver. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of driver was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near driver

Cite this Entry

“Driver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


driv·​er ˈdrī-vər How to pronounce driver (audio)
: one that drives: as
: the operator of a motor vehicle
: a tool for driving
a nail driver
: a golf club having a usually wooden head with a nearly straight face

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