Definition of circuit rider in English:

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circuit rider

Pronunciation: /ˈsərkət ˌrīdər/

noun

North American historical
A clergyman who traveled on horseback from church to church, especially within a rural Methodist circuit.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • And in the 1770s, circuit riders such as the Reverend Devereux Jarrett organized thousands into Methodist societies, mostly in Maryland and Virginia.

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Syllabification: cir·cuit rid·er

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