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[ahy-tin-er-uh n-see, ih-tin-]
  1. the act of traveling from place to place.
  2. a going around from place to place in the discharge of duty or the conducting of business.
  3. a body of itinerants, as ministers, judges, or sales representatives.
  4. the state of being itinerant.
  5. the system of rotation governing the ministry of the Methodist Church.
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Also i·tin·er·a·cy [ahy-tin-er-uh-see, ih-tin-] /aɪˈtɪn ər ə si, ɪˈtɪn-/.

Origin of itinerancy

First recorded in 1780–90; itiner(ant) + -ancy
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Examples from the Web for itinerancy

Historical Examples

  • "Chosen field" had reference to the itinerancy, not matrimony.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris

  • But it is in the itinerancy as it is in other walks of life.

  • But when one has been in the Methodist itinerancy a lifetime one cannot do that.

  • His belief in itinerancy had its roots in his temperament, as well as in his judgment.

    Fletcher of Madeley

    Frederic W. Macdonald

  • But it is more manifestly so, perhaps, in the Itinerancy, than in any other.

British Dictionary definitions for itinerancy



  1. the act of itinerating
  2. mainly Methodist Church the system of appointing a minister to a circuit of churches or chapels
  3. itinerants collectively
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