Definitions

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

  • n. A person sitting next to another on a conveyance such as an airplane: "His seatmate was a gray-haired woman with glasses” ( Anne Tyler).

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  • n. One who shares a seat (such as a bench or other surface that seats more than one).
  • n. One who sits next to another.

Etymologies

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seat +‎ mate

Examples

  • The answer, according to my seatmate, is that “they did” — until Hugo swept through and left the burgeoning tropical retirement community without basic services for months on end.

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  • “I don’t care if my seatmate is 23 or 53, I want somebody who understands the complexities of working in Olympia,” she said.

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  • Directed by Amy Redford - yes, daughter of Sundance founder Robert - the film also features a menage a trois, which the large man sitting behind me loudly whispered to his seatmate was the best part of the movie.

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  • My seatmate is a youngish widow with one young son.

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  • My seatmate was a 20-year-old Mormon missionary on his way home from his two-year mission in Guatemala.

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  • First for failing to recognize one of the league’s oldest and most prominent owners, and second for shooting off his mouth and explaining his hoops sabermetrics as though his seatmate were an optometrist from Reseda.

    Foul Lines

  • They're outrageously decorated, inconceivably crowded and your seatmate might be a rooster, but they're a must to get a first-hand sense of the culture.)

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  • Steven Sinofsky , president of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows division, joked in a presentation on Wednesday that his seatmate on a plane to Las Vegas from Seattle, started the flight on his iPhone.

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  • Your seatmate brings a smelly meal on board and loudly starts munching.

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  • "That's not a medical device," his seatmate muttered to her friend.

    Lillian Daniel: Acting Out On The Airplane

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