pilgrim

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noun pil·grim \ ˈpil-grəm \

Definition of pilgrim

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

Examples of pilgrim in a Sentence

  1. Thousands of Muslim pilgrims traveled to Mecca.

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Origin and Etymology 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


PILGRIM Defined for English Language Learners

pilgrim

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Definition of pilgrim for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PILGRIM Defined for Kids

pilgrim

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noun pil·grim \ ˈpil-grəm \

Definition of pilgrim for Students

1 :a person who travels to a holy place as an act of religious devotion
2 capitalized :one of the English colonists who founded the first permanent settlement in New England at Plymouth in 1620


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