[ ahy-tin-er-uhnt, ih-tin- ]
/ aɪˈtɪn ər ənt, ɪˈtɪn- /


traveling from place to place, especially on a circuit, as a minister, judge, or sales representative; itinerating; journeying.
characterized by such traveling: itinerant preaching.
working in one place for a comparatively short time and then moving on to work in another place, usually as a physical or outdoor laborer; characterized by alternating periods of working and wandering: an itinerant farm hand.


a person who alternates between working and wandering.
a person who travels from place to place, especially for duty or business.

Nearby words

  1. ithome,
  2. ithunn,
  3. ithyphallic,
  4. itháki,
  5. itinerancy,
  6. itinerarium,
  7. itinerary,
  8. itinerate,
  9. itn,
  10. ito

Origin of itinerant

1560–70; < Late Latin itinerant- (stem of itinerāns), present participle of itinerārī to journey, equivalent to itiner- (stem of iter) journey (see iter) + -ant- -ant

Related formsi·tin·er·ant·ly, adverbun·i·tin·er·ant, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for itinerant


/ (ɪˈtɪnərənt, aɪ-) /


working for a short time in various places, esp as a casual labourer


an itinerant worker or other person
Derived Formsitinerantly, adverb

Word Origin for itinerant

C16: from Late Latin itinerārī to travel, from iter a journey

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Word Origin and History for itinerant



1560s (attested in Anglo-Latin from late 13c.), from Late Latin itinerantem (nominative itinerans), present participle of itinerare "to travel," from Latin iter (genitive itineris) "journey," from ire "go" (see ion). Originally in reference to circuit courts.

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