- not lasting, enduring, permanent, or eternal.
- lasting only a short time; brief; short-lived; temporary.
Origin of transitory
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Examples from the Web for transitory
A yellow rose, given by Roger to Jane, became a symbol of the transitory stage of their marriage.‘Mad Men’ Finale and Video of Best Season 5 Moments
June 11, 2012
And though topical humor tends to be transitory, a really bad gag can take on a life of its own and curdle a political career.How Funny Is Obama?
January 30, 2009
In the strength of his constancy, the Pyramids seem to him recent and transitory.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
For this kingdom which is transitory and of the earth I do not greatly care.Henry the Sixth
The effect of his words, on me, was neither slight nor transitory.My Bondage and My Freedom
All were as transitory as smoke, as illusionary as the opium-eater's mid-day dream.The Tyranny of the Dark
But if the mania arise from causes which are transitory, then there is no ground for alarm.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
- of short duration; transient or ephemeral
Word Origin and History for transitory
late 14c., from Old French transitoire (12c.), from Late Latin transitorius "passing, transient," from Latin, "allowing passage through," from transitus, past participle of transire "go or cross over" (see transient).