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A medieval European pilgrim who carried a palm branch as a token of having visited the Holy Land.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman palmer, paumer, from Medieval Latin palmārius : Latin palma, palm; see palm2 + -ārius, n. suff.]
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1. (Historical Terms) (in Medieval Europe) a pilgrim bearing a palm branch as a sign of his visit to the Holy Land
2. (Historical Terms) (in Medieval Europe) an itinerant monk
3. (Historical Terms) (in Medieval Europe) any pilgrim
4. (Angling) any of various artificial angling flies characterized by hackles around the length of the body
[C13: from Old French palmier, from Medieval Latin palmārius, from Latin palma palm]


1. (Biography) Arnold. born 1929, US professional golfer: winner of seven major championships, including four in the US Masters (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964) and two in the British Open (1961,1962)
2. (Biography) Samuel. 1805–81, English painter of visionary landscapes, influenced by William Blake
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(ˈpɑ mər, ˈpɑl-)

1. a pilgrim, esp. of the Middle Ages, who had returned from the Holy Land bearing a palm branch as a token.
2. any religious pilgrim.
[1250–1300; Middle English palmer(e) < Anglo-French palmer, Old French palmier < Medieval Latin palmārius, Latin: palmary]


(ˈpɑ mər)

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Noun1.Palmer - United States golfer (born in 1929)
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References in classic literature ?
It is only the Palmers. Charlotte is very pretty, I can tell you.
Palmer was several years younger than Lady Middleton, and totally unlike her in every respect.
Palmer, the teacher of the public school, all men of consequence and repute.
Palmer did not keep the engagement, and after waiting a half-hour for him the others went to the Eckert house without him.
Robin walked apart a little way with his head leaned thoughtfully upon his breast--for he was sore troubled--when whom should he meet but an old begging palmer, one of a devout order which made pilgrimages and wandered from place to place, supported by charity.
"Three squires in Nottingham town," quoth the palmer, "are condemned to die.
"May the foul fiend strike me dumb!" cried the bowman in hot repentance; but both the palmer and Alleyne threw up their hands to stop him.
But the blind palmer would have none of their alms.
The day was warm and the dusty road was bare of travelers, except an aged palmer who walked slowly along the highroad that led close beside the gray castle wall of Nottingham Town.
If you once got stuck in that black mud you'd be sucked right down and never seen or heard tell of again till the day of judgment, like Adam Palmer's cow.
Coarse sandals, bound with thongs, on his bare feet; a broad and shadowy hat, with cockle-shells stitched on its brim, and a long staff shod with iron, to the upper end of which was attached a branch of palm, completed the palmer's attire.
Marshall went straight down the street to the side door of Augustus Palmer's barber shop.