[ seet-meyt ]

  1. a person who shares a seat or occupies the seat next to oneself on a bus, plane, etc.

Origin of seatmate

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; seat + mate1

Words Nearby seatmate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use seatmate in a sentence

  • Nora knew how her seatmate would feel and prepared herself for the question that she was sure would be asked.

  • Nora went her way, provoked with her seatmate and angry because the joke had not worked quite as she had expected.

  • Bessie's seatmate, a girl named Nora, about Bessie's own age, was very mischievous.

  • Bud turned to his seatmate, a youngster who was tackling the complexities of the eighth grade for the third time.

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