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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for perambulator
Historical Examples
  • I ain't a baby, nor a perambulator neither, to be pushed about by you.

    Archie's Mistake G. E. Wyatt
  • Poor Dahlia, she'll be frightened when she sees the perambulator gone.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Mr. Trew gazed for a few moments at a baby in a perambulator.

    Love at Paddington

    W. Pett Ridge
  • Fort stood at the end of the perambulator, and looked at that other fellow's baby.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • With his foot he drew the perambulator a little nearer to him.

    Old Valentines

    Munson Aldrich Havens
  • Well, my dear, she has twins; she brought them here once in a perambulator.

    Thistle and Rose Amy Walton
  • I asked carelessly, while twins in a perambulator got out of our line of fire.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • You must not loiter with a perambulator, and you must not go too fast.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • Dickie whispered to Mr. Beale and climbed out of the perambulator.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • 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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