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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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  • The bag also has sufficient and convenient pockets for the tools a bike commuter should carry.
  • Pressed and polished, a suited commuter seems to shield his eyes from an embracing couple below.
  • We would start from home, walking the two blocks to the commuter rail station.
  • Maybe he could work at a railroad museum, rather than a commuter rail.
  • Eye-controlled tech lets you re-enact every commuter's fantasy of blowing stuff up w/ a glance.
  • At conferences, in boardrooms and on commuter planes and trains, they are everywhere.
  • It will also improve commuter services on the one rail line through the city.
  • One reason was the deteriorating quality of life for many people caused by traffic congestion and overcrowding on commuter trains.
  • It complains that its commuter trains, in particular, have been starved of funds.
  • Other firms have projects under way ranging from electric commuter cars to conversions of existing vehicles.
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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