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[non-smoh-ker] /nɒnˈsmoʊ kər/
a person who does not smoke.
a railroad car, room, or area reserved for those who do not smoke.
Origin of nonsmoker
First recorded in 1840-50; non- + smoker Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Zavilovski, as a non-smoker, remained with the ladies in the drawing-roam.

    Children of the Soil Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • A friend of his had been dining with a man who was both a teetotaler and a non-smoker.

  • He is a total abstainer, a non-smoker, and a frequenter of houses of fair reception.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • Another and greater Victorian, Gladstone, was also a non-smoker.

  • Miss Dickenson, being a lady and non-smoker, could converse consecutively, as usual.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • There is no mention of Parson Trulliber's pipe, but that pig-breeder and lover can hardly have been a non-smoker.

  • I found splendid opportunities to help the non-smoker without appearing to "preach."

    Huts in Hell Daniel A. Poling
  • For the dromedary is not only a strict teetotaler and non-smoker, but a lifelong vegetarian.

  • But the non-smoker is not in need of252 these assistances: it is only the smoker who requires to smoke for these purposes.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
British Dictionary definitions for non-smoker


a person who does not smoke
a train compartment in which smoking is forbidden
Derived Forms
nonsmoking, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for non-smoker

also nonsmoker, "person who does not smoke," 1846, in reference to railways. Non-smoking (adj.) is attested from 1891.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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