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[wey-fair-er] /ˈweɪˌfɛər ər/
a traveler, especially on foot.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English weyfarere. See way1, fare, -er1 Unabridged
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  • Soon, they discover, there will always be room to shelter a motley cavalcade of wayfarers.
  • Confirming the presence of water would delight both scientists and would-be planetary wayfarers.
  • Today's wayfarers have an ample selection of idyllic trails to enjoy.
  • The road, after the two wayfarers had crossed from the peninsula to the mainland, was no other than a footpath.
  • Several wayfarers came along the lane, and of these my brother gathered such news as he could.
  • Snow faded usually into glistening gray as it dropped, or flew in prismatic dust before the dispersing feet of wayfarers.
  • They became a tight band of wayfarers bound by the enormity of what had happened to them.
  • Participants watch over wild wayfarers and their habitats using space technology.
  • They may have been used long ago by wayfarers or by sentries and groups of warriors stationed at this commanding site.
  • But wayfarers did not quench their thirst from a flowing stream.
British Dictionary definitions for wayfarers


a person who goes on a journey
Derived Forms
wayfaring, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for wayfarers



mid-15c., agent noun from way + fare (v.). Earlier was wayferer (late 14c.). The brand of sunglasses (manufactured by Ray-Ban) dates to 1952.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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