Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being foreign or strange.
  • n. travel; wandering

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Foreignness; strangeness.
  • n. Travel; wandering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Strangeness; foreignness.
  • n. Wandering; travel; journey; sojourn.

Etymologies

Latin peregrinitas: compare French pérégrinité. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I asked him if peregrinity was an English word: he laughed, and said, ‘No.’

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • I asked him if peregrinity was an English word: he laughed, and said, 'No.'

    Life of Johnson

  • He said to me, as we travelled, 'these people, Sir, that Gerrard talks of, may have somewhat of a peregrinity in their dialect, which relation has augmented to a different language.'

    Life of Johnson

  • [414] When upon the subject of this peregrinity, he told me some particulars concerning the compilation of his Dictionary, and concerning his throwing off Lord Chesterfield's patronage, of which very erroneous accounts have been circulated.

    Life of Johnson

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  • Foreignness in style, fashion, dialect, etc.; strangeness, outlandishness.

    May 12, 2008