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[kuh-myoo-ter] /kəˈmyu tər/
a person who commutes, especially between home and work.
of or for commuting; serving commuters:
a commuter railroad.
of or relating to a flight, plane, or airline that carries passengers over relatively short distances and usually serves small communities.
Origin of commuter
1860-65, Americanism; commute + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mr. Troy Wilkins, architect, with an office in the Septimus Building, was a commuter.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • In 1917 she became a commuter from her home in Sewickley, a Pittsburgh suburb.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street Grant Martin Overton
  • Ancient and dilapidated cars, pulled by equally ancient and dilapidated locomotives, are the sad lot of the Boston commuter.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • Only God and the commuter know how to get there, and they alone know why they stay.

    The Face of the Fields Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Again, as a commuter, I see him on the 5.24, flying across "leagues" to his cottage in the "primeval forest" of New Jersey.

British Dictionary definitions for commuter


  1. a person who travels to work over an appreciable distance, usually from the suburbs to the centre of a city
  2. (as modifier): the commuter belt
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Word Origin and History for commuter

1865, American English, "holder of a commutation ticket," agent noun from commute (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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