Definition of itinerant in English:



  • Traveling from place to place.

    ‘itinerant traders’
    • ‘We have had our share of itinerant carpetbaggers who had dubious magistrate credentials.’
    • ‘In the 1890s Montrealers bought milk, ice, bread, buns, fries and popcorn from itinerant street vendors.’
    • ‘The partnership built up a country clientele through itinerant trading with a hawker's licence.’
    • ‘As Ward writes, itinerant labourers were prone to ‘vary long periods of hard work by short bouts of tremendous drunkenness’.’
    • ‘Recently, itinerant workers - some illegal immigrants - have moved into the trade, at the risk of being exploited by gangmasters.’
    • ‘These changes, which are more visible now, have been noted by many itinerant researchers.’
    • ‘Both men had unorthodox, itinerant upbringings.’
    • ‘Taking a page from itinerant revivalists, he traveled the country on lecture tours, organizing schools and voluntary associations.’
    • ‘The alert follows a flood of complaints about itinerant traders who charge extortionate prices for bitumen coverings for drives.’
    • ‘Soon the word spread, and itinerant travelers began to squat there.’
    • ‘Many doctors were itinerant wanderers - Hippocrates among them.’
    • ‘This is not to say we didn't get our share of itinerant whackos.’
    • ‘The most obvious category of jobs of this kind is that of itinerant jobs, such as a commercial traveller.’
    • ‘Remember how, in response to the depredations of bandits, the villagers hired as protectors seven itinerant warriors.’
    • ‘Serving mostly itinerant and homeless women, many of whom have mental difficulties, Chez Doris is accepting donations.’
    • ‘Their earliest pictures showed life among itinerant farm workers.’
    • ‘Community workers sought smoking gun evidence of police harassment of itinerant youth and they say it's in the form of a big ugly pile of tickets.’
    • ‘A restless, itinerant soul, he didn't stay in Symington long, setting up shop in a small family-run hotel in Ayr.’
    • ‘Private accounts are not going to turn the nation's graybeards into itinerant millionaires anytime soon.’
    • ‘He's also got a deep-blues vocal delivery, and comes across as a real genuine, home-schooled itinerant character.’
    travelling, peripatetic, wandering, wayfaring, roving, roaming, rambling, touring, nomadic, gypsy, migrant, migratory, ambulatory
    vagrant, vagabond, homeless, of no fixed abode, of no fixed address, displaced
    footloose, rootless, drifting, floating, unsettled, restless
    globetrotting, jet-setting
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  • A person who travels from place to place.

    • ‘Local Indigenous leaders appear to abhor the behaviour of itinerants and town youth, but have lost the authority and perhaps the will to deal with it.’
    • ‘They have been replaced by itinerants, travelling in big American pick-ups towing huge, gaudy modern caravans.’
    • ‘A party of Irish itinerants travelling in around 24 vehicles arrived at the Back Lane side of the factory on Sunday evening.’
    • ‘Later, we went for a wander along the mall - as usual, dozens of itinerants were in evidence.’
    • ‘When the war ended these same itinerants took to the roads and even to flat-bottomed riverboats, which were both shop and home.’
    • ‘The media widely reported the incident and China's policy on the detention and removal of itinerants was reformed.’
    • ‘But here's what some time-zone itinerants have picked up in their travels.’
    • ‘The men were a mixed crew, many of them itinerants, and Bill Clarke had no choice but to rule them with an iron hand.’
    • ‘I don't want to give the impression that such visits by itinerants were frequent.’
    • ‘Labor is threatening to jail habitual drunks who refuse alcohol treatment, most of them Aboriginal itinerants.’
    • ‘Three disused sites in the city centre, on Leeds Road and Halifax Road, were invaded by itinerants during March.’
    • ‘Motherwell, who have been selling the family silver of late, fielded a team of itinerants and youngsters alongside the few remaining familiar faces.’
    • ‘Pat loves the haggle that goes with buying and selling a car; he calls his breed the last true itinerants.’
    • ‘Prior to Fox's visit, nearly thirty itinerants had travelled to Barbados, most of whom stayed several weeks.’
    • ‘We would need to create the impression that we were itinerants of this sort.’
    • ‘The movements of itinerants are entirely unpredictable as well as unrestrained.’
    • ‘Mr Hunt, meanwhile, says residents have been worried both by the quad bike riding and the noise caused by the itinerants since their arrival.’
    • ‘My parents were itinerants, travelling from farm to station to farm to station… you get the idea.’
    • ‘Daily ritual emerges in the photographs of those itinerants who made the exodus to cities in search of a better life.’
    • ‘But typically they live as solitary itinerants wandering across the land, relying on daily charity from pious Hindus.’
    traveller, wanderer, wayfarer, roamer, rover, nomad, gypsy, bedouin
    migrant, transient, drifter, vagabond, vagrant, tramp
    refugee, displaced person, dp, homeless person
    bird of passage
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Late 16th century (used to describe a judge traveling on a circuit): from late Latin itinerant- traveling from the verb itinerari, from Latin iter, itiner- journey, road.