AskDefine | Define peregrine

Dictionary Definition

peregrine adj : (of groups of people) tending to travel and change settlements frequently; "a restless mobile society"; "the nomadic habits of the Bedouins"; "believed the profession of a peregrine typist would have a happy future"; "wandering tribes" [syn: mobile, nomadic, roving, wandering] n : a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconry [syn: peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Wandering, travelling, migratory.
    The gypsies are perpetually peregrine people.


peregrine (plural peregrines)

Extensive Definition

Peregrine can refer to several things. Its primary use is the name of bird of prey, the Peregrine Falcon. "Peregrine" (from the Latin peregrinus) is a given (first or Christian) name which means "wanderer". Uses of Peregrine and its forms include:

Natural world


With Peregrine, Peregrin, Peregrino or Peregrinus as first name:
As middle name:
As surname:
  • Petrus Peregrinus = Peter of Maricourt, 13th-century French writer on magnetism and astrolabes.






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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Ahasuerus, Ancient Mariner, Argonaut, Flying Dutchman, Goliard, Odysseus, Oisin, Ossian, Ulysses, ambulant, ambulative, ambulatory, bird of passage, circuit-riding, drifter, expeditionary, floater, gad, gadabout, globe-girdling, globe-trotting, go-about, going, itinerant, itinerary, journeying, locomotive, mover, moving, mundivagant, on tour, passing, pedestrian, perambulating, perambulatory, peregrinative, peregrinator, peripatetic, pilgrimlike, progressing, rambler, roamer, rolling stone, rover, runabout, straggler, stroller, strolling, strolling player, touring, touristic, touristy, traveling, trekking, troubadour, visitant, walking, wanderer, wandering minstrel, wandering scholar, wayfaring
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