from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A year of travel which it was formerly the custom, in Germany, for a journeyman to take before settling down to his employment.
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Where the rootless shall be rooted when the wander-year is done!
Such a wander-year, spent together, had, from early days, been one of their cherished dreams; but, as too often happens, there proved little family likeness between the dream and the reality.
Yet, very soon after, he had found himself in the thick of fresh delights -- a wander-year in Italy, Greece, the Mediterranean, with the parents and Christine ----
It had happened the night after Sam's graduation in June and just the night before I had sailed with Mabel Vandyne and Miss Greenough for a wander-year in Europe.
-- "I 'm starting on my wander-year," she added, and waved her hand imperially towards the open sea.
a great love -- had chosen to round off the wander-year devoted to his friend.