follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

motorist

[moh-ter-ist] /ˈmoʊ tər ɪst/
noun
1.
a person who drives or travels in a privately owned automobile.
Origin of motorist
1895-1900
1895-1900; motor + -ist
Related forms
nonmotorist, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for motorist
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for motorist

motorist

/ˈməʊtərɪst/
noun
1.
a driver of a car, esp when considered as a car-owner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for motorist
n.

"motor-car driver," 1896, from motor- + -ist. Earlier as a name for electric railway drivers (1889). Other early alternatives included motorneer.

"Motorer" we have given our reasons for rejecting, and there only remains "motorist" or a compound like "motor-man" or "motor-driver." Mr. C.P.G. Scott, the etymologist of the Century Dictionary, strongly favors "motor-man" or "motor-driver," though he would not object to "motorist" and prefers it above any other single word. ["Electric Power," October 1889]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for motorist

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for motorist

10
11
Scrabble Words With Friends