Meaning of “passenger” in the English Dictionary

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"passenger" in British English

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passengernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpæs.ən.dʒər/ us /ˈpæs.ən.dʒɚ/

A2 a person who is travelling in a vehicle but is not driving it, flying it, or working on it:

airline/rail/train/car passengers
passenger train

a train carrying people rather than goods:

Two passenger trains were involved in the accident.

More examples

  • The strike has led to the cancellation of some ferry services and left hundreds of passengers stranded at the docks.
  • All passengers for flight LH103 please proceed to gate 16.
  • Several train passengers received serious injuries in the crash.
  • Fortunately, none of the passengers were badly injured in the crash.
  • The law stipulates that new cars must have seat belts for the driver and every passenger.

(Definition of “passenger” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"passenger" in American English

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passengernoun [ C ]

us /ˈpæs·ən·dʒər/

a person who is traveling in a vehicle but is not operating it or working as an employee in it:

airline passengers
Taxis are allowed to carry no more than four passengers.

(Definition of “passenger” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"passenger" in Business English

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passengernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpæsəndʒər/ us

TRANSPORT a person who is travelling in a vehicle, or on a train or plane, but is not driving it, flying it, or working on it:

Airlines report that passenger numbers are down.
The report said light trucks on average emit 38 percent more carbon dioxide than passenger cars.
airline/rail/car passengers
a passenger jet/flight/plane

UK informal WORKPLACE someone who does not work as hard as others in a group:

Most modern law firms realise that they simply cannot afford to carry any passengers

(Definition of “passenger” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)