Historical a pilgrim carrying a palm leaf to signify the making of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Origin of palmerMiddle English palmere ; from Anglo-French palmer ; from Old French palmier ; from Medieval Latin palmarius ; from Classical Latin palma, palm
1805-81; Eng. landscape painter & etcher
A medieval European pilgrim who carried a palm branch as a token of having visited the Holy Land.
- A pilgrim who had been to the Holy Land and who brought back a palm branch in signification.
- 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.
From Middle English, from palm (“the type of tree") +"Ž -er.
From the transitive verb to palm.
- An English surname.
From Middle English palmer (“a pilgrim from the Holy Land"), from Old French.