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[trav-uh-ler, trav-ler] /ˈtræv ə lər, ˈtræv lər/
noun, Chiefly British.
Related forms
nontraveller, noun


[trav-uh-ler, trav-ler] /ˈtræv ə lər, ˈtræv lər/
a person or thing that travels.
a person who travels or has traveled in distant places or foreign lands.
part of a mechanism constructed to move in a fixed course.
Textiles. (in ring spinning) a small metal device that moves rapidly around the ring and guides the yarn onto the revolving bobbin.
  1. a metal ring or thimble fitted to move freely on a rope, spar, or rod.
  2. Also called horse. the rope, spar, or rod itself.
Also, traveler curtain. Theater. a transverse curtain opened by being drawn from both sides of the proscenium.
(often initial capital letter) Chiefly British. a member of any of a number of traditionally itinerant peoples of the British Isles and other English-speaking areas, including, in addition to people of Gypsy origin, autochthonous groups such as the speakers of Shelta.
Also, especially British, traveller.
Origin of traveler
First recorded in 1325-75, traveler is from the Middle English word travaillour. See travel, -er1
Related forms
nontraveler, noun Unabridged
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  • "You'll find I'm right, sir," was the reply of the traveller who spoke first.

  • Money means to the traveller not only health, enjoyment, comfort, but knowledge.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • "I used to be light-footed, in my youth," said Philemen to the traveller.

    The Miraculous Pitcher Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "Why, I am very nimble, as you see," answered the traveller.

    The Miraculous Pitcher Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The traveller's soup was succeeded by a dish of meat, and that by a dish of vegetables.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The man was dressed like a traveller, in a foraging cap with fur about it, and a heap of cloak.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • As he drove up the avenue he looked about him like a traveller in a strange city.

    The Greater Inclination Edith Wharton
  • I was prepared for all this, and was most affable to the tormentor of a traveller's patience.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for traveller


/ˈtrævələ; ˈtrævlə/
a person who travels, esp habitually
(sometimes capital) a member of the travelling people
a part of a mechanism that moves in a fixed course
  1. a thimble fitted to slide freely on a rope, spar, or rod
  2. the fixed rod on which such a thimble slides
(Austral) a swagman
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Word Origin and History for traveller



also traveller, late 14c., agent noun from travel (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fellow traveler

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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