A passenger is a person who rides in a vehicle. If you grab a ride home from school with your best friend, you are a passenger in her car.

Everyone riding in a train, plane, bus, or any other vehicle is a passenger — except the driver, pilot, or crew. A passenger's only job is to ride along. In the fourteenth century, a passenger was simply a "passer-by," from the Old French passagier, "passing, fleeting, or traveling." The first instance of the modern use was recorded in the early 1500s.

Definitions of passenger
  1. noun
    a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) but not operating it
    synonyms: rider
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    someone who travels regularly from home in a suburb to work in a city
    a paying (taxi) passenger
    a person who travels by getting free rides from passing vehicles
    a person who hides aboard a ship or plane in the hope of getting free passage
    a standing subway or bus passenger who grips a hanging strap for support
    a commuter who uses public transportation
    type of:
    traveler, traveller
    a person who changes location
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