from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Existing or lasting only a short time; short-lived or temporary: "the disorder of his life: the succession of cities, of transitory loves” ( Carson McCullers).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lasting only a short time; temporary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Continuing only for a short time; not enduring; fleeting; evanescent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Passing without continuing; lasting only a short time; unstable and fleeting; speedily vanishing.
  • Occurring or done in passing; cursory.
  • Synonyms Fleeting, etc. (see transient), temporary, evanescent, ephemeral, momentary, short-lived.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lasting a very short time


Middle English transitorie, from Old French transitoire, from Late Latin trānsitōrius, from Latin, having a passageway, from trānsitus, passage; see transit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
transit +‎ -ory. (Wiktionary)



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