Definition of itinerant
: traveling from place to place; especially : covering a circuit itinerant preacher
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Examples of itinerant in a Sentence
an itinerant musician can see a lot of the world
Recent Examples of itinerant from the Web
In the shabby hotel room, an itinerant preacher has come to the end of the road.
The ability to project such reliability comes from Cohan's own itinerant childhood—
This bag is either an itinerant chef’s dream, or simply the well thought out kit of a serial-killer.
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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
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
Definition of itinerant for Students
: traveling from place to place
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