itin·er·ant | \ī-ˈti-nə-rənt \

Definition of itinerant 

: traveling from place to place especially : covering a circuit itinerant preacher

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Other Words from itinerant

itinerant noun
itinerantly adverb

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In Latin, iter means "way" or "journey." That root was the parent of the Late Latin verb itinerari, meaning "to journey." It was that verb which ultimately gave rise to today's English word for traveling types: "itinerant." The linguistic grandsire, "iter," also contributed to the development of other words in our vocabulary, including "itinerary" ("the route of a journey" and "the plan made for a journey") and "errant" ("traveling or given to traveling").

Examples of itinerant in a Sentence

an itinerant musician can see a lot of the world

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Analyses of paintings and sculptures take a lead role in each of the book’s chapters, especially when Ms. Rossellini, whose biography describes her as an itinerant university teacher, comes to her own field of expertise, the Italian Renaissance. James Romm, WSJ, "‘Know Thyself’ Review: The Evolution of a Culture," 10 June 2018 The search for self-expression expanded at the University of Southern California, where the itinerant sisters—raised by Palestinian parents between Riyadh, London, and Dubai—graduated with double majors in film production and fine art. Kate Branch, Vogue, "This DJ Sister Act Is the Only Beauty Inspiration You Need This Summer," 12 July 2018 More crops have cut the number of young men seeking itinerant employment in the cities during the dry season. The Economist, "Mini-grids could be a boon to poor people in Africa and Asia," 12 July 2018 Throughout her long and full life, Elise was active in church, always involved in missionary endeavors, serving refreshments, and providing hospitality to itinerant preachers and foreign missionaries on furlough., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/27," 27 June 2018 The attack late Saturday was the latest and by far the most violent in a string of attacks on Ukraine’s Roma communities, an itinerant ethnic group sometimes called Gypsies. Mansur Mirovalev,, "Deadly attack on Roma community in Ukraine is blamed on neo-Nazi youth," 25 June 2018 Growing up with itinerant preacher parents, Hedgecoth has seen her share of acute poverty. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With childhood trauma in spotlight, Milwaukee native's book profiles woman who saves lives," 22 June 2018 Traditionally an itinerant people, the Roma, or Romanies, have long faced discrimination across Europe. Laignee Barron, Time, "An Italian Official Is Calling for a Census of the Roma Minority. Critics Warn It Reeks of Fascism," 20 June 2018 These barmaids who gave free Cokes to itinerant Mexicans but wanted to vote for a man who would make fun of his disabled Indian son? Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of itinerant

circa 1576, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for itinerant

Late Latin itinerant-, itinerans, present participle of itinerari to journey, from Latin itiner-, iter journey, way; akin to Hittite itar way, Latin ire to go — more at issue entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of itinerant

: traveling from place to place : staying in a place for only a short amount of time


itin·er·ant | \ī-ˈti-nə-rənt \

Kids Definition of itinerant

: traveling from place to place

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