way·​far·​er | \ ˈwā-ˌfer-ər How to pronounce wayfarer (audio) \

Definition of wayfarer

: a traveler especially on foot

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wayfaring \ ˈwā-​ˌfer-​iŋ How to pronounce wayfarer (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Ultra-classic styles like the aviator or wayfarer are timeless options that can complement just about anyone. The Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How To Find the Best Frames For Your Face Shape," 30 June 2020 If the premise of Roads sounds conventional, with a story that slides into clichés and then slips out of them, Schipper does a good job making the plights of his two wayfarers feel rough and real. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Roads': Film Review," 30 July 2019 Some of the wayfarers refuse to go to government-run camps, choosing to take their chances at the border instead. Amel Emric, The Seattle Times, "Migrants at Balkan border find a new obstacle: cold," 19 Nov. 2018 Then, on a trip to Bali, he was inspired to create a co-living space for other wayfarers. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco mansion joins Roam’s stable of co-living hotels," 27 Apr. 2018 The risen Christ, on the left with a pilgrim’s purse, a walking staff and a bottle, approaches two fellow wayfarers. E.a. Carmean Jr., WSJ, "Witnesses of the Risen Christ," 30 Mar. 2018 Along the way, the two wayfarers do have to deal with a cyclops of sorts, but finally find the lovely Penelope (Mia Wasikowska) in a remote cabin. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Damsel': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 24 Jan. 2018 Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree represented something missing from American culture: authenticity and vulnerability, a lonely wayfarer in need of encouragement and support. David Murray, The Seattle Times, "How Charlie Brown killed the aluminum Christmas tree," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of wayfarer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wayfarer

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

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“Wayfarer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wayfarer. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wayfarer

literary : a person who travels from place to place usually by walking


way·​far·​er | \ ˈwā-ˌfer-ər How to pronounce wayfarer (audio) \

Kids Definition of wayfarer

: a traveler especially on foot

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