noun pil·grim \ˈpil-grəm\

: someone who travels to a holy place

Pilgrim : one of the people who traveled by boat from England and created the first permanent settlement in New England at Plymouth in 1620

Full Definition of PILGRIM

:  one who journeys in foreign lands :  wayfarer
:  one who travels to a shrine or holy place as a devotee
capitalized :  one of the English colonists settling at Plymouth in 1620

Examples of PILGRIM

  1. Thousands of Muslim pilgrims traveled to Mecca.

Origin of PILGRIM

Middle English, from Anglo-French pelerin, pilegrin, from Late Latin pelegrinus, alteration of Latin peregrinus foreigner, from peregrinus, adjective, foreign, from peregri abroad, from per through + agr-, ager land — more at for, acre
First Known Use: 13th century

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin


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