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  1. a person who moves from place to place.
  2. a person who circulates money, information, etc.
  3. a talebearer or scandalmonger.
  4. any of various devices for circulating gases or liquids.
  5. Obsolete. a mountebank.
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Origin of circulator

1600–10; < Latin circulātor itinerant vendor who gathers a circle of people round himself (see circulate, -tor); later as circulate + -or2
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"one who puts (something) in circulation," 1755, agent noun in Latin form from circulate (v.). Classical Latin circulator meant "peddler, hawker," a sense attested occasionally in English 17c. and after.

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