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[am-byuh-luh nt]
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  1. moving from place to place; itinerant; shifting.
  2. Medicine/Medical. ambulatory(def 4).
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Origin of ambulant

1645–55; (< F) < Latin ambulant- (stem of ambulāns, present participle of ambulāre to walk). See amble
Related formsun·am·bu·lant, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Thus do the ambulant images of God cloak their shackles proudly, and divert the judicious with their boastful shouts.

    In Defense of Women

    H. L. Mencken

  • At first it occurred to me that it might be an ambulant dog-kennel, to receive the hounds on their return.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • Once with the title stamped on his memory, the zealous Irishman might be trusted to become an ambulant advertizer.

  • The encounter with these ambulant Highnesses had been fatal—Lansing now perceived it—to Mrs. Hicks's principles.

  • Formerly people were content to paste them up; now they are ambulant.

British Dictionary definitions for ambulant


  1. moving about from place to place
  2. med another word for ambulatory (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for ambulant


1610s, from Latin ambulantem (nominative ambulans), present participle of ambulare (see amble). Of diseases, denoting cases in which the patient may be up and around, by 1913.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ambulant in Medicine


  1. Moving or walking about.
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