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From Old French passagier



passenger (plural passengers)

  1. One who rides or travels in a vehicle, but who does not operate it and is not a member of the crew.
    • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828:
      It is never possible to settle down to the ordinary routine of life at sea until the screw begins to revolve. There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.
    • 2013 June 1, “Ideas coming down the track”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 13 (Technology Quarterly):
      A “moving platform” scheme [] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. Local trains would use side-by-side rails to roll alongside intercity trains and allow passengers to switch trains by stepping through docking bays.
  2. (informal, chiefly UK) Somebody in a team who does not do their fair share of the work.
  3. (falconry) A young hunting bird that can fly and is taken while it is still in its first year.
  4. (obsolete) A migratory bird, a bird of passage.
    • c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. [] The First Part [], part 1, 2nd edition, London: [] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, [], published 1592, OCLC 932920499; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act I, scene i:
      Meander, thou my faithfull Counſellor,
      Declare the cauſe of my conceiued griefe,
      Which is (God knowes) about that Tamburlaine:
      That like a Foxe in midſt of harueſt time,
      Dooth pray vppon my flockes of Passengers: []
  5. (obsolete) A passer-by; a wayfarer.
  6. (obsolete) A ship carrying passengers, a ferryboat.
  7. (military) Any of the individual warheads of a MIRV missile.

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passenger (third-person singular simple present passengers, present participle passengering, simple past and past participle passengered)

  1. (intransitive) To ride as a passenger in a vehicle.

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