[ puh-des-tree-uh n ]
/ pəˈdɛs tri ən /


a person who goes or travels on foot; walker.


going or performed on foot; walking.
of or relating to walking.
lacking in vitality, imagination, distinction, etc.; commonplace; prosaic or dull: a pedestrian commencement speech.

Origin of pedestrian

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

Related forms

non·pe·des·tri·an, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pedestrian


/ (pɪˈdɛstrɪən) /


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


dull; commonplacea pedestrian style of writing

Word Origin for pedestrian

C18: from Latin pedester, from pēs foot
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