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.

Nearby words

  1. commutative group,
  2. commutative law,
  3. commutator,
  4. commutator group,
  5. commute,
  6. commuter airplane,
  7. commuter belt,
  8. commuter marriage,
  9. commuter tax,
  10. commutual

Origin of commuter

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; commute + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
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Word Origin and History for commuter



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

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