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 wayfaring (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

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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 Flat-top wayfarers completed the classics-with-a-twist message. Maria Ward, Vogue, "First Kendall Jenner, Now Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Is Reinventing This Throwback Denim Style," 4 June 2018 The happy couple was seen strolling Manhattan hand-in-hand late Monday morning, with Davidson, 24, dressed down in a hoodie and wayfarers, while the singer opted for a Whitney Houston t-shirt and thigh-high boots — with sky-high heels! Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Ariana Grande Calls for Cease-Fire in Social Media 'War' Following Quickie Engagement to Pete Davidson: 'It Ends Now'," 25 June 2018 Cat-eye sunglasses, on the other hand, were a marked departure for Miller, who is often seen in wayfarers. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Stuck in the City for Memorial Day? Sienna Miller Has Staycation Style Inspiration," 25 May 2018 As for the rest of her accessories, a marigold yellow bag by Frame popped against her tonal denim, while neutral wayfarer shades completed the mom-on-the-go message. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Sienna Miller Has the New Uniform for Cool Moms Everywhere," 14 May 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

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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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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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