1. A person who travels in a conveyance, such as a car or train, without participating in its operation.
2. Informal A person who participates only passively in an activity.
3. Archaic A wayfarer or traveler.
[Middle English passinger, alteration of passager, from Old French passageor, from passager, passing, from passage, passage; see PASSAGE1.]
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