itin·​er·​an·​cy ī-ˈti-nə-rən(t)-sē How to pronounce itinerancy (audio)
: a system (as in the Methodist Church) of rotating ministers who itinerate
: the act of itinerating
: the state of being itinerant

Examples of itinerancy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rings of luggage encircling empty carousels in Chicago, in a kind of artistic commentary on capitalism and modern itinerancy (medium: thermoplastic polymer on wheels). Dan Zak, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2022 The liquor store was especially sketchy — across the street from a social-services building, with all the itinerancy that that entails — and the cashier sat in the kind of plexiglass pillbox that wasn’t built to keep out the coronavirus. Daniel Foster, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 Her first solo show at CAAM brings together works that evoke questions of homelessness and itinerancy. Carolina A. Miranda,, 12 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of itinerancy was in 1789

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Cite this Entry

“Itinerancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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