transient Definition

  • 1lasting only for a short time; impermanent
  • 2a person who is staying or working in a place for only a short time

Using transient: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "transient" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The joy of winning the lottery was transient.

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    The transient nature of life is a common theme in literature.

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    The hotel provides accommodation for transients.

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    The city has a large population of transients who come and go.

transient Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using transient

  • a feeling that is brief and passing


    She experienced a transient feeling of happiness when she received the good news.

  • beauty that is fleeting and does not last


    The flowers in the garden are a symbol of transient beauty.

  • fame that is short-lived and does not last


    Many reality TV stars experience transient fame that fades quickly.

Phrases with transient

  • a temporary loss of memory, usually caused by a head injury or shock


    He suffered from transient memory loss after the accident.

  • a temporary interruption of blood flow to the brain, causing stroke-like symptoms that usually last less than an hour


    He was diagnosed with a transient ischemic attack after experiencing sudden weakness on one side of his body.

  • a person who moves from place to place in search of work


    Many transient workers come to this area during the harvest season.

Origins of transient

from Latin 'transire', meaning 'to go across'


Summary: transient in Brief

The term 'transient' [ˈtrænziənt] refers to something that is short-lived or impermanent. It can describe feelings, events, or people, such as 'The hotel provides accommodation for transients.' 'Transient' extends into phrases like 'transient memory loss,' and idioms like 'a transient feeling,' denoting brief and passing experiences.

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