PRONUNCIATION: (per-i-gruh-NAY-shushn)

MEANING: noun: Traveling from place to place, also a course of travel, especially on foot.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin peregrinari (to travel abroad), from peregrinus (foreign), from peregre (abroad), from per- (through) + ager (field, country). Ultimately from the Indo-European root agro- (field), which is also the source of agriculture, acre, peregrine, pilgrim (a variant of peregrine), and agrestic. Earliest documented use: 1475.

PREGRINATION - like the Mona Lisa: having the ghost of a smile, with a hint of bigger things to come (see also EREGRINATION)

PELEGRINATION - the South American people are happy about their star soccer player

PUREGRINATION - face wreathed with unalloyed joy