- a person who drives or travels in a privately owned automobile.
Origin of motorist
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Examples from the Web for motorist
Within her, at that moment, was a desire like the motorist's for speed.A Spirit in Prison
I recommend them to every motorist who may have to look for a place to land.'Charge It'
He held up both his arms, the signal of a motorist in distress.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol
William J. Locke
"Hoity, toity," said the motorist, without any sign of shame.The Burglars' Club
Henry A. Hering
I need a motorist for the Hawk, and I think you'd about fill the bill.Motor Matt's Air Ship
Stanley R. Matthews
- a driver of a car, esp when considered as a car-owner
Word Origin and History for motorist
"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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