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[trav-uh-ler, trav-ler] /ˈtræv ə lər, ˈtræv lər/
noun, Chiefly British
Related forms
nontraveller, noun


or (especially British) traveller

[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.
Origin of traveler
1325-75; Middle English travaillour. See travel, -er1
Related forms
nontraveler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for traveller
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  • Nowadays the traveller gets into the train at Rome and goes south by express.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • Money means to the traveller not only health, enjoyment, comfort, but knowledge.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • I asked; "and what can be his or her business with a traveller?"

    Confessions of a Thug Philip Meadows Taylor
  • "Why, I am very nimble, as you see," answered the traveller.

    The Miraculous Pitcher Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • It seems a problem to the traveller who passes from one to the other without leaving his carriage.

    Pencillings by the Way N. Parker Willis
  • The traveller's soup was succeeded by a dish of meat, and that by a dish of vegetables.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The traveller had been at the pains of going a long way up-stairs to his sleeping-room to fetch his pocket-flask of brandy.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The man was dressed like a traveller, in a foraging cap with fur about it, and a heap of cloak.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for traveller


/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 traveller



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for traveller


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fellow traveler

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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