[ tran-si-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -zi- ]
/ ˈtræn sɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -zɪ- /


not lasting, enduring, permanent, or eternal.
lasting only a short time; brief; short-lived; temporary.

Nearby words

  1. transitive,
  2. transitive verb,
  3. transitively,
  4. transitivity,
  5. transitman,
  6. transitory action,
  7. transjordan,
  8. transkei,
  9. transkeian,
  10. transketolation

Origin of transitory

1325–75; Middle English transitorie < Late Latin trānsitōrius fleeting (see transit, -tory1); replacing Middle English transitoire < Middle French < Late Latin, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for transitoriness


/ (ˈtrænsɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /


of short duration; transient or ephemeral
Derived Formstransitorily, adverbtransitoriness, noun

Word Origin for transitory

C14: from Church Latin transitōrius passing, from Latin transitus a crossing over; see transient

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Word Origin and History for transitoriness



late 14c., from Old French transitoire (12c.), from Late Latin transitorius "passing, transient," from Latin, "allowing passage through," from transitus, past participle of transire "go or cross over" (see transient).

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