- transitive verb,
- transitory action,
Origin of transitory
Examples from the Web for transitory
A yellow rose, given by Roger to Jane, became a symbol of the transitory stage of their marriage.‘Mad Men’ Finale and Video of Best Season 5 Moments|Jace Lacob|June 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And though topical humor tends to be transitory, a really bad gag can take on a life of its own and curdle a political career.
The doctor, whom she met there, said that this state of calm was very possibly only transitory.Robert Elsmere|Mrs. Humphry Ward
The transitory expression in his eyes—Eleanor saw it now with triumph—was that of one who has thrown a pearl away.The Readjustment|Will Irwin
The domestic architecture is as simple, as transitory, as if it symbolized the life of man.An Artist's Letters From Japan|John La Farge
He will have learnt to see real objects, and ultimately the Sun itself, instead of the dim and transitory shadows below.
Many of the transitory Associations, it will be seen, "made no sign" when they died.History of American Socialisms|John Humphrey Noyes
Word Origin for transitory
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).