itinerant

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adjective itin·er·ant \ī-ˈti-nə-rənt\

Definition of itinerant

  1. :  traveling from place to place; especially :  covering a circuit itinerant preacher

itinerant

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itinerantly

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Examples of itinerant in a Sentence

  1. an itinerant musician can see a lot of the world

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Did You Know?

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").

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: circa 1576


ITINERANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of itinerant for English Language Learners

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


ITINERANT Defined for Kids

itinerant

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adjective itin·er·ant \ī-ˈti-nə-rənt\

Definition of itinerant for Students

  1. :  traveling from place to place



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