Definition of passenger noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpæsɪndʒə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæsɪndʒər//
    People in motoring, People in air travel, Train and bus travel, People in sea travel
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  1. 1  a person who is travelling in a car, bus, train, plane or ship and who is not driving it or working on it a passenger train (= carrying passengers, not goods) See related entries: People in motoring, People in air travel, Train and bus travel, People in sea travel
  2. 2(informal, disapproving, especially British English) a member of a group or team who does not do as much work as the others The firm cannot afford to carry passengers.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from the Old French adjective passager ‘passing, transitory’, used as a noun, from passage, based on Latin passus ‘pace’.Extra examples A taxi was picking up a passenger outside the hotel. All airports in the country screen passengers for illicit drugs. All the passengers had to be evacuated. Flight 717 began boarding passengers. Global air passenger traffic rose over 20%. I soon got talking to my fellow passengers. Last year the airline carried 4.6 million passengers. Sales of passenger cars grew by 22% last year. The bus stopped to let its passengers off. The passengers were waiting to board the plane. The ship can accommodate 450 passengers. There is no air bag on the passenger side. Thousands of passengers were stranded last night at Heathrow airport. Will all passengers for Frankfurt please go to Gate 21. all the passengers on the ferry passengers travelling on the Orient Express the first-class passengers aboard steamboats the passengers in her car A queue of foot passengers were waiting to board the boat. Airline passengers face steep rises in fares. All checked-in baggage must be matched to a passenger travelling on the aircraft. All passengers for Chicago must have a boarding pass. Most of the passengers get off at Central Station. None of the passengers or crew was injured. Once the passengers were all aboard, the ship got ready to depart. Passengers on the local train service are getting more and more frustrated. Passengers were left stranded for three hours when their train broke down. She got into the passenger seat and I drove off. The bus stopped to let on passengers at the train station. The car can carry up to five passengers. The driver walked around and opened the passenger door. The rail link carries over 20 million passengers a year. The taxi driver dropped off his passengers outside the club. The train was halted by passenger action. There was a collision between a passenger train and a goods train. They want to improve passenger safety. This carriage is for first-class/​second-class passengers only.
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