follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

circulator

[sur-kyuh-ley-ter] /ˈsɜr kyəˌleɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person who moves from place to place.
2.
a person who circulates money, information, etc.
3.
a talebearer or scandalmonger.
4.
any of various devices for circulating gases or liquids.
5.
Obsolete. a mountebank.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin circulātor itinerant vendor who gathers a circle of people round himself (see circulate, -tor); later as circulate + -or2
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for circulator
  • Among the potential enhancements under consideration is a circulator transit service.
  • circulator buses or shuttles generally transport riders along a designated downtown loop.
  • circulator buses arrive at stops every ten minutes throughout the day.
  • The circulator shall indicate the date that he or she makes the certification next to his or her signature.
  • The certification may be made by the candidate or any qualified elector circulator.
  • The circulator may add any missing or illegible address or date information before the papers are filed with the filing officer.
  • Also, the downtown circulator, a streetcar, is in its planning stage.
Word Origin and History for circulator
n.

"one who puts (something) in circulation," 1755, agent noun in Latin form from circulate (v.). Classical Latin circulator meant "peddler, hawker," a sense attested occasionally in English 17c. and after.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for circulator

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for circulator

0
18
Scrabble Words With Friends