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itinerant

[ahy-tin-er-uh nt, ih-tin-] /aɪˈtɪn ər ənt, ɪˈtɪn-/
adjective
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.
3.
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.
noun
4.
a person who alternates between working and wandering.
5.
a person who travels from place to place, especially for duty or business.
Origin
1560-1570
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
Related forms
itinerantly, adverb
unitinerant, adjective
Synonyms
1, 3. wandering, nomadic, migratory, unsettled, roving, roaming; peripatetic.
Antonyms
1. settled.
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  • itinerant laborers travel with all their possessions from farm to farm in search of work.
  • In middle age she was an impoverished and eccentric itinerant, abandoned by her husband and family.
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  • Portraits by itinerant artists vivify a genre that was scuttled by the invention of photography.
  • His modesty is such that, if you get into casual conversation with him, you might mistake him for an itinerant preacher.
  • The outside world knew of the horrors and atrocities of that day only from the reports of itinerant journalists.
  • Behold a typical problem for an itinerant arts group.
  • Instead, they cite an itinerant childhood as a key ingredient in their success.
British Dictionary definitions for itinerant

itinerant

/ɪˈtɪnərənt; aɪ-/
adjective
1.
itinerating
2.
working for a short time in various places, esp as a casual labourer
noun
3.
an itinerant worker or other person
Derived Forms
itinerantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin itinerārī to travel, from iter a journey
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Word Origin and History for itinerant
adj.

1560s (attested in Anglo-Latin from late 13c.), from Late Latin itinerantem (nominative itinerans), present participle of itinerare "to travel," from Latin iter (genitive itineris) "journey," from ire "go" (see ion). Originally in reference to circuit courts.

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