[ ahy-tin-er-uhn-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.

  1. a body of itinerants, as ministers, judges, or sales representatives.

  2. the state of being itinerant.

  3. the system of rotation governing the ministry of the Methodist Church.

Origin of itinerancy

First recorded in 1780–90; itiner(ant) + -ancy
  • Also i·tin·er·a·cy [ahy-tin-er-uh-see, ih-tin-]. /aɪˈtɪn ər ə si, ɪˈtɪn-/.

Words Nearby itinerancy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use itinerancy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for itinerancy



/ (ɪˈtɪnərənsɪ, aɪ-) /

  1. the act of itinerating

  2. mainly Methodist Church the system of appointing a minister to a circuit of churches or chapels

  1. itinerants collectively

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