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  1. of or for commuting; serving commuters: a commuter railroad.
  2. of or relating to a flight, plane, or airline that carries passengers over relatively short distances and usually serves small communities.

Origin of commuter

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

Related Words for commuter

traveler, driver, straphanger, suburbanite

Examples from the Web for commuter

Contemporary Examples of commuter

Historical Examples of commuter

  • In 1917 she became a commuter from her home in Sewickley, a Pittsburgh suburb.

  • Only God and the Commuter know how to get there, and they alone know why they stay.

    The Face of the Fields

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • The Commuter is not more concerned about that 5:37 than is the railroad.

    The Modern Railroad

    Edward Hungerford

  • Other trains may be jumped about on the time-card, the Commuter is oblivious of their fate.

    The Modern Railroad

    Edward Hungerford

  • Once aboard the 5:37 the Commuter trails his way into the smoker.

    The Modern Railroad

    Edward Hungerford

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper