- 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
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Examples from the Web for itinerant
Unlike Brunner, Remer was itinerant, and spent much time in that other nest of postwar Nazis—Cairo.Hitler’s Henchmen in Arabia
December 7, 2014
In the meantime, he continued his itinerant existence, sometimes living for months in his Airstream trailer with no phone.J.J. Cale, Dead at 74, Was a Songwriter Beyond Compare
July 30, 2013
This 13th-century fresco of a lion was painted near Burgos in Spain, probably by an itinerant English artist from Winchester.Caught by the Tale at the Cloisters
March 15, 2013
From there, Leo lived an itinerant childhood, eventually winding up in England.Melissa Leo Breaks Oscar Silence
February 21, 2011
It's a memoir of growing up as the son of an itinerant Arabist foreign service officer.The Daily Beast's Favorite Books of 2010
The Daily Beast
December 18, 2010
For miles we only meet two road-menders and an itinerant glazier.In the Heart of Vosges
After a few years he quitted his cellar, and became an itinerant dealer in hair.Self-Help
Therefore let no man be an itinerant mendicant and he will not be beset with pain.The Dhammapada
How mysterious was the providence which induced me to enter the itinerant ministry.The Story of My Life
Some of these itinerant writing craftsmen had professional fame.In Our Town
William Allen White
- working for a short time in various places, esp as a casual labourer
- an itinerant worker or other person
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.