Definitions

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

  • noun A person who travels in a conveyance, such as a car or train, without participating in its operation.
  • noun Informal A person who participates only passively in an activity.
  • noun A wayfarer or traveler.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In a boat-race, one of the crew who adds to the weight of the boat without doing his share of the work; hence, an ineffective member of a football-team, etc.
  • noun One who passes or is on his way; a passer-by; a wayfarer; a traveler.
  • noun One who travels in a public conveyance; especially, one who travels in such a conveyance by virtue of a contract express or implied with the carrier, as the payment of fare, or something accepted as an equivalent therefor.
  • noun A bird of passage; a casual visitor.
  • noun A passage-boat.

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

  • noun A passer or passer-by; a wayfarer.
  • noun A traveler by some established conveyance, as a coach, steamboat, railroad train, etc.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a migratory hawk.

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

  • noun One who rides or travels in a train, motor vehicle, boat, ship, ferry, hovercraft, aircraft, etc., but who does not operate it and is not a member of the crew.
  • noun falconry A young hunting bird that can fly and is taken while it is still in its first year.
  • verb intransitive To ride as a passenger in a vehicle.

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

  • noun a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) who is not operating it

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English passinger, alteration of passager, from Old French passageor, from passager, passing, from passage, passage; see passage.]

Examples

  • Sure, the other passenger is a freeloader who shares the benefit undeservedly, but so what?

    In Praise of Free Riding?

  • As the Journal points out “airline clerks have no way of knowing why a passenger is a selectee.”

    Balkinization

  • As the Journal points out “airline clerks have no way of knowing why a passenger is a selectee.”

    Balkinization

  • As the Journal points out “airline clerks have no way of knowing why a passenger is a selectee.”

    Balkinization

  • As the Journal points out “airline clerks have no way of knowing why a passenger is a selectee.”

    Balkinization

  • As the Journal points out “airline clerks have no way of knowing why a passenger is a selectee.”

    Balkinization

  • As the Journal points out “airline clerks have no way of knowing why a passenger is a selectee.”

    Balkinization

  • As the Journal points out “airline clerks have no way of knowing why a passenger is a selectee.”

    Balkinization

  • As the Journal points out “airline clerks have no way of knowing why a passenger is a selectee.”

    Balkinization

  • As the Journal points out “airline clerks have no way of knowing why a passenger is a selectee.”

    Balkinization

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