Definition of peregrinate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈperəɡrəˌnāt/ /ˈpɛrəɡrəˌneɪt/


archaic, humorous no object, with adverbial
  • Travel or wander around from place to place.

    ‘we peregrinated over Stanmore, and visited the Castles of Bowes and Brougham’
    • ‘It peregrinates around the limbs of trees.’
    • ‘The latter part of the performance elucidated the duo's versatility and interpretation ability to its fullest extent, as the duo peregrinated throughout classical Latin American tradition.’
    • ‘The problem - or at least the difference - is simply that it was based not only on the author's experience but on the soap-operatic adventures of her boozing, man-loving, peregrinating mother.’
    • ‘Dealers have responded to this urge by peregrinating around the country offering their wares at book fairs.’
    • ‘Of course the Irish also ‘peregrinated’ to their neighbours in England, for this was the first port of call.’
    stroll, amble, saunter, walk, dawdle, potter, ramble, maunder, meander


Late 16th century (earlier (Middle English) as peregrination): from Latin peregrinat- ‘traveled abroad’, from the verb peregrinari, from peregrinus ‘foreign, traveling’.