Today I ran into phrase "Traveling mate". I searched through online dictionaries but didin't find an entry for "Traveling mate" or "Travel mate". I am curious to know which one is a correct english word?

  1. Traveling mate: My father is a perfect traveling mate.
  2. Travel mate: In most cases, this allows Paul to pick up a travel mate on his way into the city.
  3. Travel-mate: I can't remember where I saw it!!
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    Could you edit to give a bit more context? Is this a person or is it a name for some item intended to help travellers?
    – mdewey
    Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 10:41
  • @mdewey Thank you. It is about a person who travels with you.
    – a.toraby
    Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 10:48
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    Neither expression is familiar to me: I would say travelling companion (I use British spelling of "travelling"). Travel(l)ling mate is understandable to me, in that sense. When I hear travel mate it sounds to me like something somebody wants to sell you to help your journey.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 11:01
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    @ColinFine that sounds like an answer to me if you have time to post it
    – mdewey
    Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 11:22

1 Answer 1

  1. Traveling mate
  2. Travel mate
  3. Travel-mate

Any of those choices are possible, because "travel mate" is not a set phrase found in the dictionary. The word "travel" is in the position of an adjective modifying "mate". The resulting expression means "travel(ing) companion", which is also not found in the dictionary as one entry.

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