- The definition of transitory is something temporary or not permanent.
Lodging that you stay in for only a day or two at a time is an example of lodging that would be described as transitory.
Origin of transitoryMiddle English transitorie ; from Middle French transitoire ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin transitorius ; from Classical Latin adapted for passing through ; from transitus: see transit
Origin of transitoryMiddle English transitorie, from Old French transitoire, from Late Latin trānsitōrius, from Latin, having a passageway, from trānsitus, passage; see transit.
(comparative more transitory, superlative most transitory)