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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These exact solutions could lead to a more complete model of itinerant ferromagnetism. Marcus Woo, WIRED, "A Child’s Puzzle Helped Uncover How Magnets Really Work," 27 Jan. 2019 Some worry about the legislation holding itinerant vendors to a higher standard than brick-and-mortar eateries. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "What's in it? Louisville proposal that caused a fuss around food trucks may get vote today," 11 Oct. 2018 Hotter and drier weather affects not only Burgundy’s farmers tending their vineyards, but also itinerant harvesters, merchants, and consumers. Jonathan Tirone,, "Burgundy’s vineyards haven’t been this hot since the Black Death," 29 Aug. 2019 After an itinerant early career that took him from Adelphi College to the U.S. Army, from the Baltimore Colts to the University of Southern California, Davis entered the AFL ranks as an assistant for the Chargers. The Si Staff,, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 While heavily drawing on her itinerant upbringing, her children’s books are ultimately fiction. Elena Nicolaou,, "Little House, Big Fans: These People Really, Really Love Laura Ingalls Wilder," 24 Aug. 2019 For the past six days, Raulino has made camp at South Station, a magnet for the homeless and itinerant. Deanna Pan,, "A day at South Station: A gateway to Boston, an intersection of many different lives," 17 Aug. 2019 Trump’s itinerant construction crew evolved from an outfit that used to be run by Frank Sanzo, an Italian American stonemason from Yonkers who met Trump in the late 1990s. Anchorage Daily News, "How a Trump construction crew has relied on immigrants without legal status," 9 Aug. 2019 When Andy’s father dies suddenly, Andy is visited by Goldblum’s Dr. Wallace Fiennes, an itinerant practitioner of the controversial brain surgery that, at this point in history, had begun to fall into disfavor. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "Jeff Goldblum plays a lobotomist in the haunting, enigmatic ‘The Mountain’," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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