Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To journey or travel from place to place, especially on foot.
  • transitive v. To travel through or over; traverse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Peregrine; having traveled; foreign, exotic.
  • v. To travel from place to place, or from one country to another, especially on foot; hence, to sojourn in foreign countries.
  • v. To travel through a specific place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having traveled; foreign.
  • intransitive v. To travel from place to place, or from one country to another; hence, to sojourn in foreign countries.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To travel from place to place, or from one country to another.
  • To sojourn or live in a foreign country.
  • Foreign; traveled; of foreign birth or manners.

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

  • v. travel around, through, or over, especially on foot

Etymologies

Latin peregrīnārī, peregrīnāt-, from peregrīnus, foreigner; see peregrine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin peregrinari ("to live or travel abroad"). (Wiktionary)
Latin peregrinatus ("having travelled abroad"), past participle of peregrinari. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Every summer, people who use "summer" as a verb dutifully peregrinate here to the middle of nowhere and take up residence in crumbling ancestral 30-room shingle cottages, although they can't quite remember why.

    The Case Against Summer

  • After a crowded, madcap, lemon-scented kind of year, it's nice to have the broad, empty expanses of a new year ahead on which to plot, plan and peregrinate.

    2008 is just a wall planner away

  • “Al-Dajjal,” as this personage is called, will arise in the East and will peregrinate the earth; but he will be unable to penetrate into

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • In like manner did the enthusiast peregrinate through Nature's empire, fixing his chemical eye upon plant and shrub and berry and vine, -- asking every creeping thing, and the animal creation also, 'What can you do for man?'

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866

  • He is too picked, too spruce, too affected, too odd, as it were, too peregrinate, as I may call it.

    Act V. Scene I. Love’s Labour’s Lost

  • The objects which draw men to peregrinate may be divided into three classes: natural features which are in themselves remarkable; places difficult of access, which can only be reached at cost of risk and effort; and sites which have been rendered holy by the visitation of

    The Age of Erasmus Lectures Delivered in the Universities of Oxford and London

  • It was one of his favorite relaxations to peregrinate the district, telling the farmers who were not on the board themselves, but were given to gossiping with those who were, that though he could slumber pleasantly in the school so long as the hum of the standards was kept up, he immediately woke if it ceased.

    Auld Licht Idyls

  • It was one of his favourite relaxations to peregrinate the district, telling the farmers who were not on the Board themselves, but were given to gossiping with those who were, that though he could slumber pleasantly in the school so long as the hum of the standards was kept up, he immediately woke if it ceased.

    Auld Licht Idylls

  • -- Sealed proposals will be received at this office until the end of the war, from contractors, to build a steel chain Coat-of-Mail, with which to "iron-clad" the person of the undersigned, that he may, in fancied security, peregrinate the streets of Atlanta without fear of the assassin's knife; also --

    The Camp Jester, or, Amusement for the Mess.

  • I perceive, too, that there is something outlandish, peregrinate, and lawless about me.

    The Caxtons — Complete

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