- a person who commutes, especially between home and work.
- of or for commuting; serving commuters: a commuter railroad.
- of or relating to a flight, plane, or airline that carries passengers over relatively short distances and usually serves small communities.
Origin of commuter
Examples from the Web for commuter
When one commuter stands to leave, a businessman outpaces a woman hauling a sizable shopping bag.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway
August 8, 2014
The result was a perfect storm of commuter congestion where “normal Caracas chaos became absolute mayhem.”Who Will Maduro Blame for Venezuela’s Blackout This Time?
June 28, 2014
Local vendors practically throw themselves in front of the commuter traffic, imploring passengers to take horse rides.Egyptian Tomb-Robbing Market Explodes on eBay
May 31, 2014
He was found barely alive in the woods near a commuter train line, still tied up, naked, and badly burned.A Horror Story of True-Life Anti-Semitism in France
April 28, 2014
But among the factory and office workers is a commuter photographed on the London Overground.Why is This London Commuter in an Obama Ad?
February 5, 2014
In 1917 she became a commuter from her home in Sewickley, a Pittsburgh suburb.When Winter Comes to Main Street
Grant Martin Overton
Only God and the Commuter know how to get there, and they alone know why they stay.The Face of the Fields
Dallas Lore Sharp
Other trains may be jumped about on the time-card, the Commuter is oblivious of their fate.
Once aboard the 5:37 the Commuter trails his way into the smoker.
The Commuter is not more concerned about that 5:37 than is the railroad.
- a person who travels to work over an appreciable distance, usually from the suburbs to the centre of a city
- (as modifier)the commuter belt
Word Origin and History for commuter
1865, American English, "holder of a commutation ticket," agent noun from commute (v.).