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[trav-uh-ler, trav-ler]
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noun Chiefly British.
  1. traveler.
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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.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • "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.).

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