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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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Examples from the web for peregrine
  • For its size, it is the fastest flight of any bird, faster even than the legendary peregrine falcon.
  • peregrine falcons have been prized by falconers since ancient times for their ability to hunt prey.
  • For centuries, peregrine falcons hunted the skies of the world, displaying their impressive in-flight hunting tactics.
  • Raptors such as peregrine falcons as well as bald and golden eagles make their nests in the area.
  • Endangered species such as loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers and peregrine falcons find sanctuary here.
  • peregrine falcons have evolved to nest on cliff faces.
  • The peregrine falcon is a sleek, rapid-flying bird of prey.
  • The peregrine falcon is host to a range of parasites and pathogens.
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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