from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that travels regularly from one place to another, as from suburb to city and back.
  • noun An airplane or airline that carries passengers relatively short distances and often serves remote communities and small airports.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who commutes; specifically, one who purchases and uses a commutation-ticket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who commutes; especially, one who commutes in traveling.
  • adjective of or pertaining to commuting, in the sense of traveling; used for commuting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who regularly travels from one place to another, typically to work.
  • noun US, informal A piece of transportation equipment used for the transportation of such persons.
  • adjective Typically of an aircraft, train etc., designed for use by commuters.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who travels regularly from home in a suburb to work in a city
  • noun a passenger train that is ridden primarily by passengers who travel regularly from one place to another


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  • The term “commuter” includes anybody who has a job and doesn’t work at home.
    Tim Henderson, In Most States, a Spike in 'Super Commuters', Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), June 5, 2017

    June 12, 2017