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This page has 5 definitions of pedestrian in English. Pedestrian is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use pedestrian in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .



Borrowed from Latin pedester, root pedestri- (from pedes) + -an (suffix forming adjectives).


  • enPR: pə-dĕʹstrē-ən, IPA(key): /pəˈdɛst.ɹi.ən/
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pedestrian (comparative more pedestrian, superlative most pedestrian)

  1. (not comparable) Of or intended for those who are walking.
    pedestrian crossing
    pedestrian zone
  2. (comparable, figurative) Ordinary, dull; everyday; unexceptional.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:common
    His manner of dress was pedestrian but tidy.
    a pedestrian life
    • 2016 June 11, Phil McNulty, “England 1-1 Russia”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      England were hugely impressive in the first half in particular, when their supporters inside this magnificent bowl at Stade Velodrome roared their approval as Russia were pressed into submission and made to look pedestrian.
  3. (dance) Pertaining to ordinary, everyday movements incorporated in postmodern dance.
    The choreographer prefers pedestrian movements.



pedestrian (plural pedestrians)

  1. A walker; one who walks or goes on foot, especially as opposed to one who uses a vehicle.
    Synonyms: footer, footgoer, footfarer
    Hyponym: (archaic) footman
  2. (dated) An expert or professional walker or runner; one who performs feats of walking or running.
    Synonym: walkist

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