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

  • n. A medieval European pilgrim who carried a palm branch as a token of having visited the Holy Land.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pilgrim who had been to the Holy Land and who brought back a palm branch in signification.
  • n. One who palms or cheats, as at cards or dice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who palms or cheats, as at cards or dice.
  • n. A wandering religious votary; especially, one who bore a branch of palm as a token that he had visited the Holy Land and its sacred places.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who palms or cheats, as at cards.
  • n. A ferule.
  • n. A pilgrim who had returned from the Holy Land, had fulfilled his vow, and had brought with him a palm-branch to be deposited on the altar of his parish church; hence, an itinerant monk who went from shrine to shrine, under a perpetual vow of poverty and celibacy. The distinction between pilgrim and palmer seems never to have been closely observed.
  • n. A palmer-worm.
  • n. An artificial fly whose body is covered with hairs bristling in all directions: used by anglers.
  • n. A wood-louse.
  • n. A palm-tree.

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

  • n. United States golfer (born in 1929)


From Middle English, from palm (“the type of tree”) +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)
From the transitive verb to palm. (Wiktionary)



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