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itinerant

[ahy-tin-er-uh nt, ih-tin-]
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adjective
  1. traveling from place to place, especially on a circuit, as a minister, judge, or sales representative; itinerating; journeying.
  2. characterized by such traveling: itinerant preaching.
  3. 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.
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noun
  1. a person who alternates between working and wandering.
  2. a person who travels from place to place, especially for duty or business.
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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

Synonyms

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1, 3. wandering, nomadic, migratory, unsettled, roving, roaming; peripatetic.

Antonyms

1. settled.
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Examples from the Web for itinerant

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  • For miles we only meet two road-menders and an itinerant glazier.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • After a few years he quitted his cellar, and became an itinerant dealer in hair.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • Therefore let no man be an itinerant mendicant and he will not be beset with pain.

  • How mysterious was the providence which induced me to enter the itinerant ministry.

    The Story of My Life

    Egerton Ryerson

  • Some of these itinerant writing craftsmen had professional fame.

    In Our Town

    William Allen White


British Dictionary definitions for itinerant

itinerant

adjective
  1. itinerating
  2. working for a short time in various places, esp as a casual labourer
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noun
  1. an itinerant worker or other person
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Derived Formsitinerantly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin itinerārī to travel, from iter a journey
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Word Origin and History for itinerant

adj.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper