Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb travel around, through, or over, especially on foot

Etymologies

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

[Latin peregrīnārī, peregrīnāt-, from peregrīnus, foreigner; see peregrine.]

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Latin peregrinari ("to live or travel abroad").

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Latin peregrinatus ("having travelled abroad"), past participle of peregrinari.

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

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-11-01

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

    Love’s Labour ’s Lost

  • “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

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  • Our strength and weakness is our peregri-nation

    February 19, 2011