Meaning of TRAFFIC in English


/ ˈtræfɪk; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun [ U ]


the vehicles that are on a road at a particular time :

heavy / rush-hour traffic

local / through traffic

There's always a lot of traffic at this time of day.

They were stuck in traffic and missed their flight.

a plan to reduce traffic congestion

traffic police (= who control traffic on a road or stop drivers who are breaking the law)

The delay is due simply to the volume of traffic .


the movement of ships, trains, aircraft, etc. along a particular route :

transatlantic traffic

air traffic control


the movement of people or goods from one place to another :

commuter / freight / passenger traffic

the traffic of goods between one country and another


the movement of messages and signals through an electronic communication system :

the computer servers that manage global Internet traffic


traffic (in sth) illegal trade in sth :

the traffic in firearms

■ verb

( -ck- )


- traffic in sth

►  traf·fick·er noun :

a drugs trafficker

►  traf·fick·ing noun [ U ]:

drug trafficking



early 16th cent. (denoting commercial transportation of merchandise or passengers): from French traffique , Spanish tráfico , or Italian traffico , of unknown origin. Sense 1 dates from the early 19th cent.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.