Definition of pedestrian in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈdestrēən/


A person walking along a road or in a developed area.
Example sentences
  • The new crossing would improve conditions both for pedestrians and vehicles.
  • Vehicles and pedestrians can still use Bank Street but it is taking away some of the parking space.
  • No lights, just a steady stream of pedestrians walking over the road and holding up the traffic.
walker, person on foot;
(pedestrians) foot traffic


Lacking inspiration or excitement; dull: disenchantment with their present, pedestrian lives
More example sentences
  • In spite of the glowing praise on the back cover, it turned out to be very pedestrian and hum-drum.
  • Halfway through this fairly pedestrian game matters were poised on a knife-edge.
  • The performance is so pedestrian it practically gets run over by a goey-filled truckie.
dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, uneventful, unremarkable, tiresome, wearisome, uninspired, unimaginative, unexciting, uninteresting, uninvolving;
unvarying, unvaried, repetitive, routine, commonplace, workaday;
ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill, mundane, humdrum
informal plain-vanilla





Early 18th century: from French pédestre or Latin pedester 'going on foot', also 'written in prose' + -ian. Early use in English was in the description of writing as 'prosaic'.

Words that rhyme with pedestrian


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Syllabification: pe·des·tri·an

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