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Topic: TRANSPORT

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: passager, from passage; PASSAGE

passenger

noun
     
pas‧sen‧ger S3 W2 [countable]
1TT someone who is travelling in a vehicle, plane, boat etc, but is not driving it or working on it:
Neither the driver nor the passengers were hurt.
passenger train/plane/ship
a crash involving a passenger train
bus/rail/airline passengers
Rail passengers now face even longer delays.
2 British English someone in a group who does not do their share of the group's work:
The company can't afford to carry any passengers.
WORD FOCUS: ship WORD FOCUS: ship
a ship that carries people: passenger ship, cruise ship, liner, ferry, ro-ro

a ship that carries goods: cargo ship, merchant ship, freighter, oil tanker, super tanker, barge

a small ship: boat, motorboat, powerboat

a ship with sails: yacht, dinghy, sailing ship, sailing boat British English/sailboat American English, catamaran

a fighting ship: warship, aircraft carrier, battleship, cruiser, frigate, destroyer, minesweeper, gunboat, man-of-war old-fashioned

a ship that people live on: houseboat, narrow boat British English

a ship that goes under water: submarine

people on a ship: sailor, captain, passenger, seaman, the crew

parts of a ship: deck, cabin, porthole, engine room, mast, rudder, hull
ship

See also
ship
WORD FOCUS: plane WORD FOCUS: plane
similar words: airplane also aeroplane British English, aircraft

planes that carry people: passenger plane, airliner, jumbo

a military plane: warplane, bomber, fighter

people on a plane: pilot, co-pilot, captain, flight crew, cabin crew, passenger, flight attendant, steward, air hostess

the place where a plane lands or takes off: runway, the tarmac, airport, aerodrome BrE old-fashioned
plane

See also
plane
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