Word Origin early 18th century: from French p├ędestre or Latin pedester 'going on foot' also 'written in prose' + -ian. Early use in English was in the description of writing as 'prosaic'.
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Most of us know pedestrian as a noun meaning someone who travels on foot. But the adjective sense of pedestrian as defined here is actually its original meaning. To be pedestrian was to be drab or dull as if plodding along on foot rather than speeding on horseback or by coach.
A pedestrian is a person who travels by foot—a walker. The term is especially used in the context of road safety to distinguish people walking from people driving or riding bikes.
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A pedestrian is a person travelling on foot whether walking or running. In modern times the term usually refers to someone walking on a road or pavement but this was not the case historically. The meaning of pedestrian is displayed with the morphemes ped- ('foot') and -ian ('characteristic of').
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