[per-i-grin, -green, -grahyn]


foreign; alien; coming from abroad.
wandering, traveling, or migrating.


Nearby words

  1. perdure,
  2. pere,
  3. perea,
  4. peregrinate,
  5. peregrination,
  6. peregrine falcon,
  7. pereion,
  8. pereiopod,
  9. pereira,
  10. pereira bark

Origin of peregrine

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin peregrīnus foreign, derivative of peregrē abroad, literally, through (i.e., beyond the borders of) the field, equivalent to per- per- + -egr-, combining form of ager field + adv. suffix; see -ine1

Related formsper·e·grin·i·ty [per-i-grin-i-tee] /ˌpɛr ɪˈgrɪn ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peregrine


adjective archaic

coming from abroad
travelling or migratory; wandering

Word Origin for peregrine

C14: from Latin peregrīnus foreign, from pereger being abroad, from per through + ager land (that is, beyond one's own land)

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Word Origin and History for peregrine



also peregrin, type of falcon, 1550s, short for peregrine falcon (late 14c.), from Old French faulcon pelerin (mid-13c.), from Medieval Latin falco peregrinus, from Latin peregrinus "coming from foreign parts" (see peregrination). Sense may have been a bird "caught in transit," as opposed to one taken from the nest. Peregrine as an adjective in English meaning "not native, foreign" is attested from 1520s.

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