motorist

[moh-ter-ist]
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Origin of motorist

First recorded in 1895–1900; motor + -ist
Related formsnon·mo·tor·ist, noun
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Related Words for motorist

traveler, tourist, autoist

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British Dictionary definitions for motorist

motorist

noun
  1. a driver of a car, esp when considered as a car-owner
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Word Origin and History for motorist
n.

"motor-car driver," 1896, from motor- + -ist. Earlier as a name for electric railway drivers (1889). Other early alternatives included motorneer.

"Motorer" we have given our reasons for rejecting, and there only remains "motorist" or a compound like "motor-man" or "motor-driver." Mr. C.P.G. Scott, the etymologist of the Century Dictionary, strongly favors "motor-man" or "motor-driver," though he would not object to "motorist" and prefers it above any other single word. ["Electric Power," October 1889]
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