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circuit rider

(formerly) a minister who rode horseback from place to place to preach and perform religious ceremonies.
someone, as a public official or a nurse, who travels throughout a given territory to provide services.
Origin of circuit rider
1830-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The circuit-rider, whether Methodist or Baptist, found here a field ripe for his harvest.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • Marthy, the circuit-rider'll be 'roun' two weeks from next Sunday.

    In Happy Valley John Fox
  • The Chaplain had formerly been an old-fashioned Methodist circuit-rider in Indiana.

  • Say you were a circuit-rider—that's more near the literal truth.

  • Twice the circuit-rider came and went and Martha and Devil Jake did not ask his services.

    In Happy Valley John Fox
  • But had John Grow forgotten all the good words he had heard to-day from the circuit-rider?

    The Young Mountaineers Charles Egbert Craddock
  • Had not the circuit-rider said in his last sermon that not even a sparrow falls to the ground unmarked of God?

    The Young Mountaineers Charles Egbert Craddock
  • These notions of young Felix Kendrick were confirmed and enlarged by his marriage to the daughter of a Methodist circuit-rider.

    Mingo Joel Chandler Harris
British Dictionary definitions for circuit-rider

circuit rider

(US & Canadian) (formerly) a minister of religion who preached from place to place along an established circuit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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