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Line breaks: pil|grim
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪlɡrɪm

Definition of pilgrim in English:


1A person who journeys to a sacred place for religious reasons.
Example sentences
  • For Goddess pilgrims, as for orthodox religious pilgrims, the sacred place is a place of power which can work upon the pilgrim at various levels of their being.
  • Nonetheless, pilgrims of whatever religious belief often find the hike to be one of the most spiritually meaningful events of their lives.
  • Along the way Clark relates the stories of 11th-century religious pilgrims alongside her contemporary journey of rediscovery.
visitor to a shrine, worshipper, devotee, believer, traveller, wayfarer, crusader;
Islam haji, alhaji
historical palmer
1.1A person travelling to a place of particular personal interest: thousands of pilgrims converged in Memphis for the 16th anniversary of Presley’s death
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  • Literary pilgrims will find a plaque on the wall commemorating their time there.
1.2chiefly literary A person regarded as journeying through life: we should recognize our status as mere pilgrims in this world
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  • Ivan Illich is both a pilgrim and an intellectual pioneer.
2 (usually Pilgrim) A member of the Pilgrim Fathers.
Example sentences
  • This is a monument dedicated in 1910 to commemorate the first landing of the Pilgrims in 1620 at Provincetown, where they wrote and signed the Mayflower Compact.
  • The Geneva Bible is the version that would have been most familiar to the older generation of Pilgrims.

verb (pilgrims, pilgriming, pilgrimed)

[no object, with adverbial of direction] archaic Back to top  
Travel or wander like a pilgrim: he pilgrimed to his old sporting places
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  • On Sunday night I pilgrimed to Dundas to see Pernell Goodyear and the Freeway with Darryl and Charlene Dash.
  • I think I have to pilgrim to Urbanville, but not til the semester's over.
  • The cobbled streets aged from the many feet that pilgrim to the popular spot.


Middle English: from Provençal pelegrin, from Latin peregrinus 'foreign' (see peregrine).



(also pilgrimise) verb ( archaic )
Example sentences
  • The Guoqing Temple, the ancestral temple of Tiantai-sect of the Japanese and Korean Buddhism, is where over 3.00 million Tiantai-sect Buddhists in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia pilgrimize.
  • Indian and Nepali citizens holding ordinary passport should join a pilgrimage group if planning to pilgrimize in Tibet.

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