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[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-i-grin-i-tee] /ˌpɛr ɪˈgrɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • Goshawks may have more than the small hawks, but not so much as a peregrine.

  • Then glancing aloft, he understood how it was that the peregrine had been recognised.

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • Of course it is very difficult to do this, as twenty or thirty miles more or less is a mere exercise canter for a peregrine.

  • It was as large as the peregrine itself—certainly as large as the cutter.

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • The peregrine is as sound as a bell, they say—ah, she is a good ship!

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • The chief fault in the character of young peregrine Orme was that he was so young.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • Sir peregrine could not refuse to transmit the Judge's missive, but he took good care to malign him in an accompanying despatch.

  • For young peregrine there was no need of competitive struggles.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for peregrine


adjective (archaic)
coming from abroad
travelling or migratory; wandering
Word Origin
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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