[ pas-uh n-jer ]
/ ˈpæs ən dʒər /


a person who is traveling in an automobile, bus, train, airplane, or other conveyance, especially one who is not the driver, pilot, or the like.
a wayfarer; traveler.

Origin of passenger

1300–50; Middle English passager < Middle French, noun use of passag(i)er (adj.) passing, temporary; see passage1, -ier2; for -n- cf. messenger, harbinger, scavenger, popinjay


non·pas·sen·ger, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for passenger

/ (ˈpæsɪndʒə) /


  1. a person travelling in a car, train, boat, etc, not driven by him
  2. (as modifier)a passenger seat
mainly British a member of a group or team who is a burden on the others through not participating fully in the work

Word Origin for passenger

C14: from Old French passager passing, from passage 1
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