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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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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The first known use of itinerant was circa 1576

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“Itinerant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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