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From Middle English traveler, travelour, travailere, travailour (worker", also "traveller), equivalent to travel +‎ -er. Compare Anglo-Norman travailur, travailour, Old French travailleor, travelleeur, travelier.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɹævələ/, /ˈtɹævlə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɹævəlɚ/, /ˈtɹævl̩ɚ/
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traveller (plural travellers)

Young travellers at Lusaka Airport (1)
  1. One who travels, especially to distant lands.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book II, canto XII, stanza 31, pages 370–371:
      They were faire Ladies, till they fondly ſtriu’d / With th’Heliconian maides for mayſtery; / Of whom they ouer-comen, were depriu’d / Of their proud beautie, and th’one moyity / Transform’d to fiſh, for their bold ſurquedry, / But th’vpper halfe their hew retayned ſtill, / And their ſweet skill in wonted melody; / Which euer after they abuſd to ill, / T’allure weake traueillers, whom gotten they did kill.
    • 1678, John Bunyan, “The Author’s Apology for His Book”, in The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That which is to Come: [], London: [] Nath[aniel] Ponder [], OCLC 228725984; reprinted in The Pilgrim’s Progress (The Noel Douglas Replicas), London: Noel Douglas, [], 1928, OCLC 5190338:
      This Book will make a Travailer of thee, / If by its Counſel thou wilt ruled be; / It will direct thee to the Holy Land, / If thou wilt its Directions understand: / Yea, it will make the ſloathful, active be; / The Blind alſo, delightful things to ſee.
    • 1892, James Yoxall, chapter 5, in The Lonely Pyramid:
      The desert storm was riding in its strength; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. Whirling wreaths and columns of burning wind, rushed around and over them.
  2. (dated) A salesman who travels from place to place on behalf of a company.
  3. (Britain) Someone who lives (particularly in the UK) in a caravan, bus or other vehicle rather than a fixed abode.
  4. (Ireland) Alternative letter-case form of Traveller
    • 2010, R. Todd Felton, A Journey Into Ireland's Literary Revival, →ISBN, page 213:
      It provoked criticism for its portrayal of a woman who leaves her marriage for life with a solitary traveler. Irish women did not do those sorts of things, the audiences felt (although the plot came from a story told to Synge on Inis Meain).
    • 2012, Mark Connelly, The IRA on Film and Television: A History, →ISBN, page 212:
      Kevin chases after him through a forest and finds the horse with Joseph Maguire (Ian Holm), a poetry-reciting traveler (Irish gypsy).
    • 2012, Maria Pramaggiore, Irish and African American Cinema, →ISBN, page 152:
      ...settled Irish people of Southern Ireland treat the traveler boys with racist hostility (2001 180–81).
  5. A list and record of instructions that follows a part in a manufacturing process.
  6. (electrical engineering) One of the wires connecting the two members of a pair of three-way switches.
  7. (nautical) A metal ring that moves freely on part of a ship’s rigging.
  8. (television, theater) A rail or track for a sliding curtain.
    • 1977, New York Theatre Critics' Reviews (volumes 38-39, page 134)
      That would detract from the austerity of Rudkin's study, and a curtain on a traveler is always slid across the stage []
  9. (bridge) A sheet of paper that is circulated with the board of cards, on which players record their scores.
    • 2008, David Galt, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Bridge, →ISBN, page 263:
      At the conclusion of play, the scores from all the travelers get entered into a computer.
  10. (US, Mississippi Delta) A styrofoam cup filled with liquor and usually ice, to be taken away from a place.
    • 2015: Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant
      Nowhere else in the world had I seen such gigantic measures of liquor poured, such widespread enthusiasm for Bloodies and Mimosas on weekend mornings, or such firm insistence on giving sixteen-ounce Styrofoam cups loaded with iced liquor to guests leaving a party, so they might have a "traveler" for the drive home.
      At a bar in Yazoo City, the bartender asked me if I wanted to "go tall" with my bourbon on the rocks. I didn't know what he meant, but it sounded encouraging. "Sure," I said, "Let's go tall." He filled up a pint glass with ice. Then he filled it to the brim with bourbon. When I got up to leave with about half the drink gone, he poured the rest of it into a Styrofoam cup, assuming I would want a traveler.


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