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circuit rider

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noun
  1. (formerly) a minister who rode horseback from place to place to preach and perform religious ceremonies.
  2. someone, as a public official or a nurse, who travels throughout a given territory to provide services.
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Origin of circuit rider

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for circuit rider

Historical Examples

  • Marthy, the circuit-rider'll be 'roun' two weeks from next Sunday.

    In Happy Valley

    John Fox

  • The Chaplain had formerly been an old-fashioned Methodist circuit-rider in Indiana.

  • Say you were a circuit-rider—that's more near the literal truth.

  • Twice the circuit-rider came and went and Martha and Devil Jake did not ask his services.

  • But had John Grow forgotten all the good words he had heard to-day from the circuit-rider?

    The Young Mountaineers

    Charles Egbert Craddock


British Dictionary definitions for circuit rider

circuit rider

noun
  1. US and Canadian (formerly) a minister of religion who preached from place to place along an established circuit
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