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pedestrian

[puh-des-tree-uh n]
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noun
  1. a person who goes or travels on foot; walker.
adjective
  1. going or performed on foot; walking.
  2. of or relating to walking.
  3. lacking in vitality, imagination, distinction, etc.; commonplace; prosaic or dull: a pedestrian commencement speech.

Origin of pedestrian

1710–20; < Latin pedestri- (stem of pedester on foot, derivative of pēs (stem ped-); see pedi-) + -an
Related formsnon·pe·des·tri·an, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pedestrian

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Historical Examples

  • The pedestrian alone, of all travellers, is thus taken by the hand by Fortune.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • If Captain Anthony (Roderick) had been a pedestrian it would have been sufficient; but he was not.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • Every other pedestrian seemed to be a soldier; every other vehicle contained a uniform.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

  • But surely it is rather the pedestrian who needs this armour?

  • It began when a pedestrian got hit by a cab in New York City.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman


British Dictionary definitions for pedestrian

pedestrian

noun
    1. a person travelling on foot; walker
    2. (as modifier)a pedestrian precinct
adjective
  1. dull; commonplacea pedestrian style of writing

Word Origin

C18: from Latin pedester, from pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for pedestrian

adj.

1716, "prosaic, dull" (of writing), from Latin pedester (genitive pedestris) "plain, not versified, prosaic," literally "on foot" (sense contrasted with equester "on horseback"), from pedes "one who goes on foot," from pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Meaning "going on foot" is first attested 1791 in English (it also was a sense of Latin pedester). The earlier adjective in English was pedestrial (1610s).

n.

"walker," 1793, from pedestrian (adj.).

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