Definition of passenger in English:


Line breaks: pas¦sen|ger
Pronunciation: /ˈpasɪndʒə


  • 1A traveller on a public or private conveyance other than the driver, pilot, or crew: more than 50 passengers escaped injury when a train was derailed [as modifier]: passenger ferry
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    • The driver and his passengers escaped unhurt when the brick was thrown through a small side window.
    • Long gone are the days when such vehicle and passenger ferries meant basic travel.
    • A passenger escaped serious injury after a bus was attacked on a Keighley estate.
  • 1.1chiefly British A member of a team or group who does far less effective work than the other members: he had been a superlative teacher but his health was gone and he was now a passenger
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    hanger-on, drone, idler, parasite
    informal freeloader


Middle English: from the Old French adjective passager 'passing, transitory', used as a noun, from passage (see passage1).

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