a person who is traveling in an automobile, bus, train, airplane, or other conveyance, especially one who is not the driver, pilot, or the like.
a wayfarer; traveler.

1300–50; Middle English passager < Middle French, noun use of passag(i)er (adj.) passing, temporary; see passage, -ier2; for -n- cf. messenger, harbinger, scavenger, popinjay

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passenger (ˈpæsɪndʒə)
1.  a.  a person travelling in a car, train, boat, etc, not driven by him
 b.  (as modifier): a passenger seat
2.  chiefly (Brit) a member of a group or team who is a burden on the others through not participating fully in the work
[C14: from Old French passager passing, from passage1]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., passager "passer-by," from O.Fr. passageor "traveler," noun use of passagier (adj.) "passing, fleeting, traveling," from passage (see passage). The -n- was added early 15c. (cf. messenger, harbinger, scavenger). Meaning "one traveling in a vehicle or vessel"
first attested 1510s. Passenger-pigeon of N.Amer. so called from 1802; extinct since 1914.
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