fellow traveler


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.

Nearby words

  1. felloe,
  2. fellow,
  3. fellow creature,
  4. fellow feeling,
  5. fellow servant,
  6. fellow traveller,
  7. fellow-feeling,
  8. fellow-servant rule,
  9. fellowly,
  10. fellowman

Origin of fellow traveler

1605–15, for literal sense

Related formsfel·low-trav·el·ing [fel-oh-trav-uh-ling, -trav-ling] /ˌfɛl oʊˌtræv ə lɪŋ, -ˈtræv lɪŋ/, adjective

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Culture definitions for fellow traveler

fellow traveler

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.

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