Definition of pilgrimage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpilɡrəmij/


1A pilgrim’s journey.
Example sentences
  • The Hajj is a real pilgrimage - a journey, with rites and rituals to be done along the way.
  • Like all religious pilgrimages, the Goddess pilgrimage is made for the purpose of devotion, but it is also at some level a feminist liberatory project and protest.
  • This year the pilgrims were able to walk the pilgrimage.
religious journey, religious expedition, hajj, crusade, mission
1.1A journey to a place associated with someone or something well known or respected: making a pilgrimage to the famous racing circuit
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  • Bernadette is one of the society's 1,000 world-wide members and has attended the annual summer pilgrimages to the famous fell.
  • It was the worst disaster at the annual pilgrimage, or Hajj, since 1997, when 340 pilgrims died in a fire at the overcrowded Mina tent camp.
  • It is expected that up to 40 helpers will travel with the pilgrimage and anyone interested should give their name immediately.
1.2Life viewed as a journey: life’s pilgrimage
More example sentences
  • His body will reflect perfectly what has been accomplished in him during his pilgrimage on the earth.
  • Startled out of his own inward pilgrimage, Armand looked into the dark eyes before him and saw there something of his own train of thought at that moment - a journey back into time.
  • They are guests in Hotel Peru, yet another lodge they have found in their diasporic pilgrimage.


[no object]
Go on a pilgrimage.
Example sentences
  • One day we may even have Hindus from India pilgrimaging to the West!
  • Devotees hold that any incurable disease will be cured and any desire will be fulfilled by pilgrimaging to this temple.
  • This year a record number pilgrimaged to the temple, one of the famed Jyotir Lingam Siva temples of India, located 150 miles northwest of Kolkata in the newly created state of Jharkhand.


Middle English: from Provençal pelegrinatge, from pelegrin (see pilgrim).

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Syllabification: pil·grim·age

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