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[per-am-byuh-ley-ter] /pərˈæm byəˌleɪ tər/
an odometer pushed by a person walking.
a person who makes a tour of inspection on foot.
Origin of perambulator
1605-15; < Medieval Latin: inspector, surveyor; see perambulate, -tor Unabridged
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  • Primitive woman carried her naked baby in her arms; modern woman pushes her much-dressed infant in a perambulator.

    Concerning Children Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Poor Dahlia, she'll be frightened when she sees the perambulator gone.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • You ask for a perambulator as if it were a sixpenny-ha'penny toy!

    Married Life May Edginton
  • Mr. Trew gazed for a few moments at a baby in a perambulator.

    Love at Paddington W. Pett Ridge
  • Lower down was a nurse girl wheeling a perambulator and leading a second child by the hand.

    The Poison Belt Arthur Conan Doyle
  • With his foot he drew the perambulator a little nearer to him.

    Old Valentines Munson Aldrich Havens
  • You ought to be wheeled about on the snow in a perambulator.

    In a German Pension Katherine Mansfield
  • You must not loiter with a perambulator, and you must not go too fast.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • All kinds of overturned vehicles, from an omnibus to a perambulator, from a carriage to a hand-cart, were everywhere to be found.

  • It was Peter, but a Peter who has changed some since perambulator days,—just as Honora has changed some.

    A Modern Chronicle, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for perambulator


a formal word for pram1
a wheel-like instrument used by surveyors to measure distances
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for perambulator

1610s, "one who perambulates," agent noun in Latin form from perambulate. Sense of "baby carriage" is first recorded 1856; often colloquially shortened to pram.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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