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

  • adj. Foreign; alien.
  • adj. Roving or wandering; migratory.
  • n. A peregrine falcon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Wandering, travelling, migratory.
  • adj. not native to a region or country; foreign; alien.
  • n. The peregrine falcon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Foreign; not native; extrinsic or from without; exotic.
  • n. The peregrine falcon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Foreign; not native.
  • Migratory, as a bird; coming from foreign parts; roving or wandering: specifically noting a kind of falcon, Falco peregrinus.
  • In astrology, not exerting a strong influence; void of essential dignities.
  • n. A foreign sojourner or resident in any state; a resident or subject not in possession of civil rights.
  • n. The peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus.

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

  • adj. migratory
  • n. a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconry


Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin peregrīnus, wandering, pilgrim, from Latin, foreigner, from pereger, being abroad : per-, through; see per- + ager, land; see agro- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Old French (Modern French pérégrin), from Latin peregrinus ("foreign"), from peregre ("abroad"), from per- + agri ("field, farm") (from which English agri- ("farming")). (Wiktionary)


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  • The name "peregrine" means wanderer, and the peregrine falcon has one of the longest migrations of any North American bird.

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  • The name "peregrine" means wanderer, and the Peregrine Falcon has one of the longest migrations of any North American bird.

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  • The mood is stirred further by a male peregrine, who rises above the woods and glides south so smoothly that it feels as if I'm watching a floater pass gently down the curve of my own eye, rather than a distant physical object.

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  • adj: having a tendency to wander (from Merriam-Webster.)

    July 8, 2008

  • Also an astrological term:

    "A planet is defined as peregrine when it has no level of rulership over its position. That is, it is not placed in the sign(s) that it rules, nor those where it is exalted, nor does it rule the triplicity, or the terms or face where it is located. (See: Ptolemy's Table of Essential Dignities)

    Such a planet is therefore seen as having little influence or control over its environment. In symbolic terms, it describes a drifter - someone with no title or stake in his or her environment. In matters of theft, for example, peregrine planets fall under suspicion in the same way that strangers are often viewed with suspicion. In other matters it might portray someone who lacks a clear sense of focus, a sense of feeling 'lost' or on the outside of community thinking; or an inability to identify clear goals or offer resolute commitments to others."

    May 25, 2007

  • ADJECTIVE: 1. Foreign; alien. 2. Roving or wandering; migratory.
    NOUN: A peregrine falcon.
    ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin peregrnus, wandering, pilgrim, from Latin, foreigner, from pereger, being abroad : per-, through; see per– + ager, land; see agro- in Appendix I.

    May 25, 2007