[trav-uh-ler, trav-ler]
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  1. a person or thing that travels.
  2. a person who travels or has traveled in distant places or foreign lands.
  3. traveling salesman.
  4. part of a mechanism constructed to move in a fixed course.
  5. Textiles. (in ring spinning) a small metal device that moves rapidly around the ring and guides the yarn onto the revolving bobbin.
  6. Nautical.
    1. a metal ring or thimble fitted to move freely on a rope, spar, or rod.
    2. Also called horse.the rope, spar, or rod itself.
  7. Also traveler curtain. Theater. a transverse curtain opened by being drawn from both sides of the proscenium.
  8. (often initial capital letter) Chiefly British. a member of any of a number of traditionally itinerant peoples of the British Isles and other English-speaking areas, including, in addition to people of Gypsy origin, autochthonous groups such as the speakers of Shelta.
Also especially British, trav·el·ler.

Origin of traveler

First recorded in 1325–75, traveler is from the Middle English word travaillour. See travel, -er1
Related formsnon·trav·el·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for traveler

also traveller, late 14c., agent noun from travel (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper