- walking or traveling about; itinerant.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to Aristotle, who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceum of ancient Athens.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Aristotelian school of philosophy.
- a person who walks or travels about.
- (initial capital letter) a member of the Aristotelian school.
Origin of peripatetic
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Examples from the Web for peripatetic
Meanwhile, Al-Liby's family lived a peripatetic existence that included spells in Sudan and Qatar.Did the U.S. Make a Mistake In Seizing Anas al-Liby?
October 14, 2013
Still, Brandolini is influenced by her background and her peripatetic youth.Design Treasures on the Block
October 14, 2011
Jace Lacob talked to the peripatetic actress about her many TV roles.Michelle Forbes' Good Grief
May 22, 2011
Kim Richards is the most peripatetic of the bunch, and has moved twice since shooting The Real Housewives.Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: 8 Secrets
December 15, 2010
His parents were divorced, he had a peripatetic childhood, and a brother and sister both died in car accidents.Jeremy London Seeks Redemption
December 7, 2010
Evidently, from the description, it could be no other than the peripatetic Wulf.A Royal Prisoner
But how rarely nowadays do we see this peripatetic shoeblack!The Perfect Gentleman
Plato was the chief of the academic sect, and Aristotle of the peripatetic.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
There was no catalogue, the smiling director forming a peripatetic one.The American Egypt
Inconvenience to the Peripatetic school from the loss of its library.
- British employed in two or more educational establishments and travelling from one to anothera peripatetic football coach
- a peripatetic person
- of or relating to the teachings of Aristotle, who used to teach philosophy while walking about the Lyceum in ancient Athens
- a student of Aristotelianism
Word Origin and History for peripatetic
c.1400, "disciple of Aristotle," from Old French perypatetique (14c.), from Latin peripateticus "pertaining to the disciples or philosophy of Aristotle," from Greek peripatetikos "given to walking about" (especially while teaching), from peripatein "walk up and down, walk about," from peri- "around" (see peri-) + patein "to walk, tread" (see find (v.)). Aristotle's custom was to teach while strolling through the Lyceum in Athens. In English, the philosophical meaning is older than that of "person who wanders about" (1610s).
1560s in the philosophical sense, 1640s in the literal sense; see peripatetic (n.).