(formerly) a minister who rode horseback from place to place to preach and perform religious ceremonies.
someone, as a public official or a nurse, who travels throughout a given territory to provide services.
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How to use circuit rider in a sentence
The good bishop was then a circuit rider on Loudoun Circuit, and Rover carried him on her back around the circuit.From Bull Run to Appomattox | Luther W. Hopkins
These notions of young Felix Kendrick were confirmed and enlarged by his marriage to the daughter of a Methodist circuit-rider.Mingo | Joel Chandler Harris
I know I sat up ever so stiff and tried to look just as if I had been a circuit rider for forty years or so.
The circuit-rider, whether Methodist or Baptist, found here a field ripe for his harvest.Our Southern Highlanders | Horace Kephart
William Bayard Hale once accurately described him as "essentially a preacher, a high-class exhorter, a glorified circuit rider."
British Dictionary definitions for circuit rider
US and Canadian (formerly) a minister of religion who preached from place to place along an established circuit
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