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  1. travel from one place to another, especially on foot.
  2. a course of travel; journey.
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Origin of peregrination

1425–75; late Middle English peregrinacioun (< Middle French peregrinacion) < Latin peregrīnātiōn- (stem of peregrīnātiō) a traveling abroad. See peregrinate, -ion


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Historical Examples

  • They were contented with the peregrination of daily necessity.

    Scandinavians on the Pacific, Puget Sound

    Thomas Ostenson Stine

  • And where, I ask, would he be more likely to obtain the object of his peregrination, viz.

  • I rested for half an hour, and then commenced my peregrination.

  • We may now continue our peregrination along the main street.

    Corea or Cho-sen

    A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor

  • I pray you Lucius tell me the cause of your peregrination hither.

    The Golden Asse

    Lucius Apuleius

British Dictionary definitions for peregrination


  1. a voyage, esp an extensive one
  2. the act or process of travelling
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Word Origin and History for peregrination


early 15c., from Old French peregrination "pilgrimage, long absence" (12c.) or directly from Latin peregrinationem (nominative peregrinatio) "a journey, a sojourn abroad," noun of action from past participle stem of peregrinari "to journey or travel abroad," figuratively "to roam about, wander," from peregrinus "from foreign parts, foreigner," from peregre (adv.) "abroad," properly "from abroad, found outside Roman territory," from per- (see per) + agri, locative of ager "field, territory, land, country" (see acre).

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