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Passenger Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    passenger n : a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) who is not operating it [syn: rider]
Passenger Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Passenger \Pas"sen*ger\, n. [OE. & F. passager. See Passage, and cf. Messenger.]
  1. A passer or passer-by; a wayfarer. --Shak.
  2. A traveler by some established conveyance, as a coach, steamboat, railroad train, etc. Passenger falcon (Zo["o]l.), a migratory hawk. --Ainsworth. Passenger pigeon (Zo["o]l.), the common wild pigeon of North America (Ectopistes migratorius), so called on account of its extensive migrations.
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A passenger is a term broadly used to describe any person who travels in a vehicle, but bears little or no responsibility for the tasks required for that vehicle to arrive at its destination.

Crew members (if any), as well as the driver or pilot of the vehicle, are usually not considered to be passengers. For example, a flight attendant on an airline would not be considered a "passenger" while on duty, but an employee riding in a company car being driven by another person would be considered a passenger, even if the car was being driven on company business.

In railway parlance, 'passenger', as well as being the end user of a service, is also a categorisation of the type of rolling stock used. These categories include:

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