way·​far·​er ˈwā-ˌfer-ər How to pronounce wayfarer (audio)
: a traveler especially on foot
wayfaring adjective

Examples of wayfarer in a Sentence

one of the great wayfarers of American folklore, Johnny Appleseed wandered across the country, always planting apple seeds
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Word History


Middle English weyfarere, from wey, way way + -farere traveler, from faren to go — more at fare

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wayfarer was in the 15th century

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“Wayfarer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wayfarer. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


way·​far·​er ˈwā-ˌfar-ər How to pronounce wayfarer (audio)
: a traveler especially on foot
-ˌfar-iŋ How to pronounce wayfarer (audio)

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