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traveller

[trav-uh-ler, trav-ler] /ˈtræv ə lər, ˈtræv lər/
noun, Chiefly British.
1.
Related forms
nontraveller, noun

traveler

[trav-uh-ler, trav-ler] /ˈtræv ə lər, ˈtræv lər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that travels.
2.
a person who travels or has traveled in distant places or foreign lands.
4.
part of a mechanism constructed to move in a fixed course.
5.
Textiles. (in ring spinning) a small metal device that moves rapidly around the ring and guides the yarn onto the revolving bobbin.
6.
Nautical.
  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.
7.
Also, traveler curtain. Theater. a transverse curtain opened by being drawn from both sides of the proscenium.
8.
(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
1325-1375
First recorded in 1325-75, traveler is from the Middle English word travaillour. See travel, -er1
Related forms
nontraveler, noun
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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

traveller

/ˈtrævələ; ˈtrævlə/
noun
1.
a person who travels, esp habitually
3.
(sometimes capital) a member of the travelling people
4.
a part of a mechanism that moves in a fixed course
5.
(nautical)
  1. a thimble fitted to slide freely on a rope, spar, or rod
  2. the fixed rod on which such a thimble slides
6.
(Austral) a swagman
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Word Origin and History for traveller

traveler

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for traveller

traveler

Related Terms

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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