Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 16th century
A traveler or wayfarer
Examples of Viator in a sentence
"A viator appeared at the door just before the desk clerk was about to leave the inn for the night."
"At the conference, viators from many different nations ate together in the dining room."
“Viator” draws directly on the Latin “viator,” whose basis is “via,” meaning “road” or “path.”
Did you Know?
While “viator” is rare, “aviator” is a more recognizable word also referring to a kind of traveler, yet the two terms are unrelated. “Viator” refers to someone who travels a road or path (called a “via” in Latin), while “aviator” is based on the French term “aviateur,” which combines the Latin “avis,” meaning “bird,” and the suffix “-ation,” indicating an activity. The “via” in “aviator” does not refer to the Latin root suggesting a path, but rather the similarity to birds. A viator travels along a road or path, while an aviator travels the skies.