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[trav-uh-ler, trav-ler] /ˈtræv ə lər, ˈtræv lər/
a person or thing that travels.
a person who travels or has traveled in distant places or foreign lands.
part of a mechanism constructed to move in a fixed course.
Textiles. (in ring spinning) a small metal device that moves rapidly around the ring and guides the yarn onto the revolving bobbin.
  1. a metal ring or thimble fitted to move freely on a rope, spar, or rod.
  2. Also called horse. the rope, spar, or rod itself.
Also, traveler curtain. Theater. a transverse curtain opened by being drawn from both sides of the proscenium.
(often initial capital letter) Chiefly British. a member of any of a number of traditionally itinerant peoples of the British Isles and other English-speaking areas, including, in addition to people of Gypsy origin, autochthonous groups such as the speakers of Shelta.
Also, especially British, traveller.
Origin of traveler
1325-75; Middle English travaillour. See travel, -er1
Related forms
nontraveler, noun Unabridged
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  • If there were no friction, there would be no energy loss so our traveler could oscillate into and out of the tunnel.
  • Are they meant for seduction or for a business traveler to work at a bench.
  • Before, any rail traveler would spend nearly triple that, about six hours.
  • Bodily health excepted, he had all the qualifications of a traveler.
  • But what was left out of this equation was the convenience and flexibility of the average traveler.
  • But both policies mean less freedom and flexibility for the traveler.
  • Here are some tips that can make the holiday travel season a little less risky for the older traveler.
  • US adds faster traveler screening to more airports.
  • When the mind of the traveler grows overly preoccupied with opportunity costs, the capacity for discovery diminishes.
  • Note that many trips do not include air fare from a traveler's home city to the trip's point of departure.
British Dictionary definitions for traveler


/ˈtrævələ; ˈtrævlə/
a person who travels, esp habitually
(sometimes capital) a member of the travelling people
a part of a mechanism that moves in a fixed course
  1. a thimble fitted to slide freely on a rope, spar, or rod
  2. the fixed rod on which such a thimble slides
(Austral) a swagman
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Word Origin and History for traveler

also traveller, late 14c., agent noun from travel (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fellow traveler

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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