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
Thousands of Muslim pilgrims traveled to Mecca.
Recent Examples of pilgrim from the Web
Najaf attracts millions of Iranian pilgrims each year visiting the golden-domed shrine of Imam Ali, the first Shiite imam.
Amid this carnage, ten pilgrims—three men and seven women—retreat to a country villa and agree to spend ten days regaling one another with ten stories a day.
Incensed with India's involvement, China retaliated by closing a nearby mountain pass that Indian pilgrims use to reach Mount Kailash, a sacred Hindu and Buddhist site in Tibet.
China then retaliated by closing a mountain pass that Indian pilgrims use to reach Mount Kailash, a sacred Hindu and Buddhist site in Tibet.
Once in Hartford, the pilgrims will join with five local churches to celebrate a theme of peace against violence.
In protest, China cut off access to a group of Indian pilgrims who must cross a Chinese pass on their way to Mount Kailash, which is considered sacred by Hindus and Buddhists.
The bridges and tunnels are going to be clogged with pilgrims seeking blessings for months.
As Susan Hogan of the Washington Post reports, the sacred item was stolen over the weekend after a group of pilgrims visited the Don Bosco Basilica, which is located in the municipality of Castelnuovo Don Bosco near Turin.
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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
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
PILGRIM Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of pilgrim for Students
1 : a person who travels to a holy place as an act of religious devotion
2 cap : one of the English colonists who founded the first permanent settlement in New England at Plymouth in 1620
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