[trav-uh-ler, trav-ler]
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Related formsnon·trav·el·ler, noun


[trav-uh-ler, trav-ler]
  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. 2018

Examples from the Web for traveller

Contemporary Examples of traveller

Historical Examples of traveller

  • "You'll find I'm right, sir," was the reply of the traveller who spoke first.

  • Money means to the traveller not only health, enjoyment, comfort, but knowledge.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • "I used to be light-footed, in my youth," said Philemen to the traveller.

    The Miraculous Pitcher

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "Why, I am very nimble, as you see," answered the traveller.

    The Miraculous Pitcher

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The traveller's soup was succeeded by a dish of meat, and that by a dish of vegetables.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for traveller


US traveler

  1. a person who travels, esp habitually
  2. See travelling salesman
  3. (sometimes capital) a member of the travelling people
  4. a part of a mechanism that moves in a fixed course
  5. nautical
    1. a thimble fitted to slide freely on a rope, spar, or rod
    2. the fixed rod on which such a thimble slides
  6. Australian a swagman
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Word Origin and History for traveller



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper