One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Foreignness in style, fashion, dialect, etc.; strangeness, outlandishness. Now rare.
2The condition or quality of being a foreigner or (resident) alien; (Roman Law) the condition of being a peregrine. Now rare.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Giles Fletcher. From (i) Middle French, French pérégrinité strange or foreign thing, foreignness.
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