A wandering religious votary; especially, one who bore a branch of palm as a token that he had visited the Holy Land and its sacred places. "Pilgrims and palmers plighted them together." (P. Plowman) "The pilgrim had some home or dwelling place, the palmer had none. The pilgrim traveled to some certain, designed place or places, but the palmer to all." (T. Staveley)

Origin: From Palm the tree.

(01 Mar 1998)