Definition of circuit rider in English:

circuit rider


North American
  • A clergyman who travelled on horseback from church to church, especially within a rural Methodist circuit.

    • ‘The Methodists flourished through their system of circuit riders, in which one trained clergy person supervised the work of numerous congregations.’
    • ‘And in the 1770s, circuit riders such as the Reverend Devereux Jarrett organized thousands into Methodist societies, mostly in Maryland and Virginia.’
    • ‘He very likely heard such famous circuit riders as Havens and Cartwright, as they were not strangers to south central Indiana and the Wabash River valley.’
    • ‘My great-grandfather was a Methodist circuit rider in Texas.’
    • ‘He'd learned that a Baptist circuit rider had spoken out against phrenology, calling it an enemy of Christian religion.’