[ 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.

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 forms

i·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 Forms

itinerantly, adverb

Word Origin for itinerant

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