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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.
1860-65, Americanism; commute + -er1 Unabridged
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  • Our car was full of commuters and country people going home, laden with bundles and evening papers.
  • In some ways these arguments about injustice remind me of commuters complaining about the traffic.
  • Millions of commuters were stranded, as roads were blocked and trains stopped.
  • We react to rain with a gamut of emotions, from the sullen dread of rain-drenched commuters to the wondrous joy of children.
  • Autonomous cars that, in theory, can help commuters de-stress and allow freeways to flow more smoothly.
  • Radio-frequency identification tags label all kinds of inventoried goods and speed commuters through toll plazas.
  • Probably half the morning commuters could be arrested.
  • The clustered commuters, he determined, were all looking at the aftermath of the first plane strike.
  • They rely on scraps of food from the daily commuters who travel the public transportation system.
  • To and from work commuters may be a more reasonable market for fast charge stations than turnpike or shopping center trips.
British Dictionary definitions for commuters


  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 commuters



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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