Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who travels in a conveyance, such as a car or train, without participating in its operation.
  • n. Informal A person who participates only passively in an activity.
  • n. A wayfarer or traveler.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who rides or travels in a train, motor vehicle, boat, ship, ferry, hovercraft, aircraft, etc., but who does not operate it and is not a member of the crew.
  • n. A young hunting bird that can fly and is taken while it is still in its first year.
  • v. To ride as a passenger in a vehicle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A passer or passer-by; a wayfarer.
  • n. A traveler by some established conveyance, as a coach, steamboat, railroad train, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who passes or is on his way; a passer-by; a wayfarer; a traveler.
  • n. One who travels in a public conveyance; especially, one who travels in such a conveyance by virtue of a contract express or implied with the carrier, as the payment of fare, or something accepted as an equivalent therefor.
  • n. A bird of passage; a casual visitor.
  • n. A passage-boat.
  • n. In a boat-race, one of the crew who adds to the weight of the boat without doing his share of the work; hence, an ineffective member of a football-team, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) who is not operating it

Etymologies

Middle English passinger, alteration of passager, from Old French passageor, from passager, passing, from passage, passage; see passage1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Sure, the other passenger is a freeloader who shares the benefit undeservedly, but so what?

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  • As the Journal points out “airline clerks have no way of knowing why a passenger is a selectee.”

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  • HOMELAND SECURITY: Under the current rule, airlines provide what we call passenger manifest data, identifying who's getting on the flight, to Customs and Border Protection, after the flight has already left the ground.

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  • CEO Dave Barger said the Forest Hills, N.Y., company is seeing strong short-term passenger bookings and expects unit revenue to grow by up to 20% in the current quarter.

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  • Terence is his gigantic shire horse, ancient as a church and about twice as big, and he pulls this wooden farmyard cart which Jacko, a bórn comedian, rigs up with nailed planks he calls passenger seats.

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  • He said: "Though macroeconomic uncertainty makes it impossible to predict short-term passenger revenues with confidence, we stand ready to take contingency action wherever practicable."

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  • The garage is slated to be built on the site of a surface parking lot for long-term passenger parking, between the existing, three-story parking deck and a new FAA control tower, another Flintco project.

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  • In 2009 and 2010, Daimler will invest a total of about 3 billion euros in German passenger car locations

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  • The passenger was a U.S. citizen in his 20s, Caucasian, with no apparent criminal record, the officials said.

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  • Spirit has decided to introduce a new fee, something called the passenger usage fee of $4.90 per ticket for flights purchased outside of Spirit's own airport ticket counters.

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