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Borrowed from the Latin root pedestri-, from pedester.


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  • IPA(key): /pəˈdɛst.ɹi.ən/


pedestrian (comparative more pedestrian, superlative most pedestrian)

  1. (not comparable) Of or intended for those who are walking.
    pedestrian crossing
    pedestrian zone
  2. (comparable, figuratively) Ordinary, dull; everyday; unexceptional.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:common
    His manner of dress was pedestrian but tidy.
    a pedestrian life
    • 2016 June 11, Phil McNulty, “England 1-1 Russia”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      England were hugely impressive in the first half in particular, when their supporters inside this magnificent bowl at Stade Velodrome roared their approval as Russia were pressed into submission and made to look pedestrian.
  3. (dance) Pertaining to ordinary, everyday movements incorporated in postmodern dance.
    The choreographer prefers pedestrian movements.



pedestrian (plural pedestrians)

  1. Somebody walking rather than using a vehicle; somebody traveling on foot on or near a roadway.
    Synonyms: footgoer, footfarer
  2. (dated) An expert walker; one who performs feats of walking or running.

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Further readingEdit

  • pedestrian” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.