Definition of passenger in English:


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  • A traveler on a public or private conveyance other than the driver, pilot, or crew.

    ‘more than 50 passengers escaped injury when a train was derailed’
    • ‘a passenger ferry’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The male driver of the hit and run vehicle had a female passenger travelling with him.’
    • ‘As the car had landed on the passenger side, the driver was suspended in mid-air by his seat belt.’
    • ‘Only three hours after his last drink the pilot flew his passenger jet back to the UK.’
    • ‘Sam was in the rear of the car; the driver and one other passenger suffered minor injuries.’
    • ‘The man said some passengers asked the driver to slow down but he ignored their pleas.’
    • ‘Fire crews used cutting equipment to remove the driver and passenger doors from the Fiat Brava.’
    • ‘As well as buying tickets at the machines, passengers can also use travelcards and bus passes.’
    • ‘The battles about drivers or airline passengers using mobiles are not trivial.’
    • ‘By the greatest good luck no one was hurt, but the driver and his passengers must have been terrified.’
    • ‘The spokesman said the safety of the crew and passengers was the company's first priority.’
    • ‘Police will also take statements from passengers and crew on board the flight.’
    • ‘Officers stopped vehicles if drivers or passengers were not wearing seat belts.’
    • ‘The driver and two other passengers were injured and taken to Withybush Hospital.’
    • ‘Another passenger said the tram kept on jolting to a stop before the driver told passengers to get off.’
    • ‘The council says inconsiderate drivers and their passengers are the main culprits.’
    • ‘Train passengers travelling to London this weekend will be hit by a series of disruptions.’
    • ‘Police are searching for both men as well as the drivers or passengers in the first car as a matter of urgency.’
    traveller, commuter, voyager, rider, fare payer, fare
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/ˈpasnjər/ /ˈpæsndʒər/


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