itin·​er·​ant | \ ī-ˈti-nə-rənt How to pronounce itinerant (audio) \

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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But Gray, who had an itinerant childhood as a military brat, was not going to let a little transatlantic move get in her way. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Amber Gray’s Ferocious Twist on the Goddess Persephone in “Hadestown”," 6 June 2019 By 1860, there were more than 3,000 photographers in the country; studios sprouted in cities and towns, and itinerant practitioners tramped the back country. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "Book Review: Snapshots That Changed Minds," 29 Mar. 2019 Gene Elmer Sharp was born on Jan. 21, 1928, in North Baltimore, Ohio, to Paul Sharp, an itinerant Protestant minister and high school English teacher, and the former Eva Allgire, an elementary-school teacher. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Gene Sharp, Global Guru of Nonviolent Resistance, Dies at 90," 2 Feb. 2018 The itinerant fashion show is de rigueur these days for the major luxury brands, because their in-between-seasons collections are so lucrative. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Chanel Sets Sail for New York City," 15 Nov. 2018 In the 15th century, an itinerant ethnic group originally hailing from northern India made their way to Western Europe. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "Being ‘Bohemian’: Queen’s Vagabond Rhapsody Has Its Roots in a Vanished Kingdom," 2 Nov. 2018 Hobos, or tramps, were itinerant workers and wanderers who illegally hopped freight cars on the newly expanding railroad in the United States in the late 19th century. Coleman Lowndes, Vox, "The (mostly) true story of hobo graffiti," 17 July 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce itinerant (audio) \

Kids Definition of itinerant

: traveling from place to place

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