[ ahy-tin-er-uhnt, ih-tin- ]
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  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.

  1. 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.

  1. a person who alternates between working and wandering.

  2. 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

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Opposites for itinerant

Other words from itinerant

  • i·tin·er·ant·ly, adverb
  • un·i·tin·er·ant, adjective

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How to use itinerant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for itinerant


/ (ɪˈtɪnərənt, aɪ-) /

  1. itinerating

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

  1. an itinerant worker or other person

Origin of itinerant

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

Derived forms of itinerant

  • itinerantly, adverb

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