- a person who supports or sympathizes with a political party, especially the Communist Party, but is not an enrolled member.
- anyone who, although not a member, supports or sympathizes with some organization, movement, or the like.
Origin of fellow traveler
Examples from the Web for fellow traveler
Keep pumping in money while appointing some fellow-traveler bloggers to run GM?Obama's Tough Love for Detroit
March 31, 2009
It was not this type of fellow-traveler whom he hoped to keep out.
One was my Irish fellow-traveler, the other was his daughter.
This accounted for the peculiar sentiments of my fellow-traveler!The Land of Thor
J. Ross Browne
The fellow-traveler followed her, for nobody could see him, as he was invisible.Rudy and Babette
Hans Christian Andersen
She was my fellow-traveler in the Tiverton diligence from Exeter.Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
One who supports the aims or philosophies of a political group without joining it. A “fellow traveler” is usually one who sympathizes with communist doctrines but is not a member of the Communist party. The term was used disparagingly in the 1950s to describe people accused of being communists.