traveller
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈtɹævələ/, /ˈtɹævlə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈtɹævəlɚ/, /ˈtɹævl̩ɚ/
Noun

traveller (plural travellers)

  1. One who travels, especially to distant lands.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by 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: Printed for 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.
  2. (dated) A salesman who travels from place to place on behalf of a company.
  3. (British) 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#English|Traveller
  5. A list and record of instructions that follows a part in a manufacturing process.
  6. (nautical) A metal ring that moves freely on part of a ship’s rigging.
  7. (television, theatre) 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 […]
  8. (bridge) A sheet of paper that is circulated with the board of cards, on which players record their scores.
  9. (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.
Translations
Traveller
Noun

traveller (plural travellers)

  1. (Ireland) Irish English standard spelling of Irish Traveller#English|Irish Traveller.; ngd A member of a nomadic ethnic minority in Ireland.



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