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[ puh-des-tree-uhn ]


  1. a person who goes or travels on foot; walker.


  1. going or performed on foot; walking.
  2. of or relating to walking.
  3. lacking in vitality, imagination, distinction, etc.; commonplace; prosaic or dull:

    a pedestrian commencement speech.


/ pɪˈdɛstrɪən /


    1. a person travelling on foot; walker
    2. ( as modifier )

      a pedestrian precinct


  1. dull; commonplace

    a pedestrian style of writing

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  • nonpe·destri·an noun adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pedestrian1

1710–20; < Latin pedestri- (stem of pedester on foot, derivative of pēs (stem ped- ); pedi- ) + -an
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pedestrian1

C18: from Latin pedester, from pēs foot
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Example Sentences

Customer-facing establishments such as food and beverage, retail and other services do not gain the benefit of potential pedestrian traffic generated by dispensaries.

These streets feel less safe, and discourage visits by pedestrians and casual shoppers.

Broad Ripple is a cute, walkable village just seven miles north of downtown with a pedestrian mall to enjoy your favorite restaurant or bar outdoors.

Perry has also seen unsuspecting pedestrians walk into leashes linking dogs and owners that are far apart.

If the Canes can figure out how to further stifle Boston’s top line and attack its suddenly pedestrian rearguard, they might repeat their roles as agents of chaos in the East.

A number of bottles and other debris came down upon the demonstrators and cops on the roadway from the pedestrian walkway above.

Every car passenger and pedestrian is checked, one by one, until the operatives find their target.

An 18-year-old man dressed as a clown mugged a pedestrian, striking him 30 times in the back and neck with an iron bar.

Traffic, as anyone who has spent time in these cities easily notices, poses particular threats to riders and pedestrian alike.

They are spread out now throughout the almost traffic and pedestrian- free city using different buildings as command bases.

But surely it is rather the pedestrian who needs this armour?

And betwixt the pedestrian and the motor-bus, there are many chances of safety that I could not foresee.

It was a real luxury to stroll about the quiet lanes, and scan the outlying fields from the standpoint of a modest pedestrian.

In morals and in ferocity these Schwarzreiters emulated their pedestrian brethren the Lanzknechts.

He took the same method of enjoyable travelling in the Apennines—that of the Pedestrian.


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What does pedestrian mean?

A pedestrian is a person who travels by foot—a walker. The term is especially used in the context of road safety to distinguish people walking from people driving or riding bikes.

In this sense, the word is also commonly used as an adjective to refer to things involving pedestrians, such as in pedestrian crossing, pedestrian safety, and pedestrian walkway.

Example: Pedestrians will continue to be struck by cars unless we improve and enforce pedestrian safety laws. 

Pedestrian is also a negative term for something considered mediocre, uninspired, or lacking in originality. It’s especially used in artistic criticism, such as in reviews of music, movies, fashion, or food. Calling something pedestrian is typically considered an insult.

Example: Don’t you think that sweater is a little pedestrian? You want to dress to impress, right?

Where does pedestrian come from?

The word pedestrian gained popularity as a word meaning “walker” in the 1700s. It comes from the Latin pedester, meaning “on foot,” from the root pēs, meaning “foot.” The root pēs and its variant ped- give us a lot of words related to feet, such as pedal and pedicure.

Throughout much of human history, you either walked or rode a horse—you were either a pedestrian or an equestrian. Then came chariots, and coaches, and bicycles, and cars. And things got a bit dangerous for people traveling by foot. Today, the word pedestrian is almost always used in the context of safety for walkers in a world with so many cars speeding around. The word is especially used in reference to areas reserved for pedestrians, such as pedestrian crosswalks and pedestrian bridges.

Walking is a good thing—noble, even—but those chariot-riding snobs sometimes looked down upon the common people who had to walk everywhere. This may be why pedestrian came to mean “commonplace” or “dull” in a way that lacks originality or inspiration. Something described as pedestrian might not be terrible, but it’s been done before—there’s nothing special about it. The word can be applied to anything considered mediocre. A bland dish at a restaurant, a boring sitcom, an unoriginal plot, or someone’s uninspired fashion sense could all be described as pedestrian. But if you use the word, be prepared for it to be taken as an insult—perhaps one that makes you sound like one of those condescending charioteers.

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How is pedestrian used in real life?

Pedestrian is most commonly used in the context of traffic safety to differentiate between walkers, drivers, and bike riders. When it’s used to mean “commonplace” or “mediocre,” it’s always negative.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of pedestrian?

A. exceptional
B. commonplace
C. unoriginal
D. mediocre




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