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Etymology 1

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] peregrinari "to live or travel abroad"


to peregrinate

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to peregrinate (third-person singular simple present peregrinates, present participle peregrinating, simple past and past participle peregrinated)
  1. (intransitive) To travel from place to place, or from one country to another, especially on foot; hence, to sojourn in foreign countries.
  2. (transitive) To travel through a specific place.
to travel from place to place
1824 1935
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  • 1824, James Fenimore Cooper [1]
    You know the inveterate peregrinating habits of the club, and can judge, from your own besetting propensity to change your residence monthly, how difficult it might prove to resist the temptation of traversing a soil that is still virgin, so far as the perambulating feet of the members of our fraternity are concerned.
  • 1935, G. de Purucker, The Esoteric Tradition, Part Two [2]
    He came first to recognise, then finally to know and to feel, that just as the atoms of his own physical body peregrinate by efflux and influx in and out of his body, so does he as a human ‘life-atom’ or human Monad peregrinate by unceasing influx and efflux in and out of the regular series of his earth-lives which succeed one another uninterruptedly during his sojourn in a Planetary Round on this globe Earth of the planetary chain, and much, very much, more.
  • 2000, Brenda Maddox, Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom [3]
    As their brood grew, Annie and Thomas Barnacle peregrinated through a tight circle of tenements and small houses at shabby addresses in the heart of Galway: Abbeygate Street, Raleigh Row, Newtownsmyth.
to travel through a specific place
1876 1913 2005
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  • 1876, Edward S. Wheeler, Scheyichbi and the Strand [4]
    History records no popular tumult, except of tongues, about the matter, but Jesse Hand never fully regained the regard of some people, and jealousy and distrust, like a curse, followed his new-fangled equipage; and though he and his generation are long since dead, yet the writer hath knowledge of traditions that, still drawn by attenuated and discouraged equines, a very Wandering Jew of vehicles, Jesse Hand’s carriage still peregrinates, at a toilsome pace, the interminable, sandy, woodland roads of Jersey.
  • 1913, Marguerite Pollard, “The Message of Edward Carpenter,” in Theosophist Magazine [5]
    It is no longer hindered by any pride of race and can truthfully declare its readiness to “peregrinate every condition of man—with equal joy the lowest.”
  • 2005, Jan Morris, The World: Travels 1950–2000 [6]
    Anyway, as fledgling and as veteran, as man and as woman, as journalist and as aspirant littérateur, throught my half-century I peregrinated the world and wrote about it.
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Etymology 2

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] peregrinatus, "having travelled abroad", past participle of peregrinari.


peregrinate (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})




  1. (rare) Peregrine; having traveled; foreign, exotic.
1595 1853 1992
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  • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost Act V. Scene 1
    His humour is lofty, his discourse peremptory, his tongue filed, his eye ambitious, his gait majestical and his general behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical. He is too picked, too spruce, too affected, too odd, as it were, too peregrinate, as I may call it.
  • 1853, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, My Novel [7]
    Imagine this figure, grotesque, peregrinate, and to the eye of a peasant certainly diabolical, then perch it on the stile in the midst of those green English fields, and in sight of that primitive English village; there let it sit straddling, its long legs dangling down, a short German pipe emitting clouds from one corner of those sardonic lips, its dark eyes glaring through the spectacles full upon the Parson, yet askant upon Lenny Fairfield. Lenny Fairfield looked exceedingly frightened.
  • 1992, Julia Bolton Holloway, The Pilgrim and the Book [8]
    Other apprentices on this pilgrimage have been the worldly Squire to the peregrinate Knight to whom are juxtaposed the peregrinate Second Nun to the worldly Prioress.




  1. Second-person plural present tense of peregrinare.
  2. Second-person plural imperative of peregrinare.
  3. Feminine plural of peregrinato.

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