[ per-i-grin, -green, -grahyn ]
/ ˈpɛr ɪ grɪn, -ˌgrin, -ˌgraɪn /


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


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

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per·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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/ (ˈpɛrɪɡrɪn) /

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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