Definition of transient noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtrænziənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrænʃnt//
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(especially North American English) a person who stays or works in a place for only a short time, before moving on Most of the farm workers are transients. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin transient- ‘going across’, from the verb transire, from trans- ‘across’ + ire ‘go’.Extra examples It was a town of transients waiting for the boat to Egypt. She was just a transient passing through town. The people who worked in the canneries were mainly transients.
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