[ sur-kyuh-ley-ter ]
/ ˈsɜr kyəˌleɪ tər /


a person who moves from place to place.
a person who circulates money, information, etc.
a talebearer or scandalmonger.
any of various devices for circulating gases or liquids.
Obsolete. a mountebank.

Nearby words

  1. circulating capital,
  2. circulating decimal,
  3. circulating library,
  4. circulating medium,
  5. circulation,
  6. circulatory,
  7. circulatory system,
  8. circulus,
  9. circum-,
  10. circum.

Origin of circulator

1600–10; < Latin circulātor itinerant vendor who gathers a circle of people round himself (see circulate, -tor); later as circulate + -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for circulator



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper