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.
- i·tin·er·ant·ly, adverb
- un·i·tin·er·ant, adjective
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How to use itinerant in a sentence
Instead, the 101-year-old recalls a childhood marked by grueling labor and an itinerant lifestyle.A Survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre Says Her Family Is Still Trying to Break Its Curse, 100 Years Later | Paulina Cachero | May 29, 2021 | Time
Nomadland, a drama about itinerant workers traveling the American West, won best picture.The Oscars failed its one job: to make viewers interested in the movies | Adam Epstein | April 26, 2021 | Quartz
Now those orange itinerants are showing up in far fewer numbers.Butterflies are vanishing out West. Scientists say climate change is to blame. | Dino Grandoni | March 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Fern’s friend Linda May tips her off to an annual gathering of “nomads,” as the itinerant older seasonal workers call themselves.
Neutral backgrounds free of visual distractions can help even more, says Carola Martinez, an itinerant teacher of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in New York City public schools.Online classes are difficult for the hard of hearing. Here’s how to fix that. | Eli Reiter | February 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
Unlike Brunner, Remer was itinerant, and spent much time in that other nest of postwar Nazis—Cairo.
Bright is forty-five now, a baseball itinerant since the day he signed a contract with the Yankees at the age of sixteen.The Great Paul Hemphill Celebrates the Long Gone Birmingham Barons | Paul Hemphill | March 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Malcolm Jones | July 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
This 13th-century fresco of a lion was painted near Burgos in Spain, probably by an itinerant English artist from Winchester.
The same might be said of another delicately handsome itinerant, T. E. Lawrence.
She is thirty-five now, quite plain, and makes a living as a sort of itinerant housekeeper and caterer.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
This itinerant merchant was commissioned to haunt the Kano gate until impatience or curiosity should fling it wide for him.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
The circuits of the Justices itinerant were restored, and appeals to the king in Council were established.The Influence and Development of English Gilds | Francis Aiden Hibbert
The Collahuayas of Peru were a guild of itinerant quacks and magicians, who never remained permanently in one spot.The Myths of the New World | Daniel G. Brinton
Its chapels multiplied in the great towns, and its itinerant missionaries penetrated to the most secluded districts.Introduction to the Science of Sociology | Robert E. Park
British Dictionary definitions for itinerant
working for a short time in various places, esp as a casual labourer
an itinerant worker or other person
- itinerantly, adverb
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