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[kuh-myoo-ter] /kəˈmyu tər/
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
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65; commute + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • Once aboard the 5:37 the commuter trails his way into the smoker.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • The commuter is not more concerned about that 5:37 than is the railroad.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
British Dictionary definitions for commuter


  1. a person who travels to work over an appreciable distance, usually from the suburbs to the centre of a city
  2. (as modifier): the commuter belt
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for commuter

1865, American English, "holder of a commutation ticket," agent noun from commute (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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