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pil·​grim·​age ˈpil-grə-mij How to pronounce pilgrimage (audio)
: a journey of a pilgrim
especially : one to a shrine or a sacred place
: the course of life on earth


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pilgrimaged; pilgrimaging

intransitive verb

: to go on a pilgrimage

Examples of pilgrimage in a Sentence

Noun He made a pilgrimage to Mecca. The family went on a pilgrimage to historical battlefields. The tradition of pilgrimage is important in Islam. The poet's grave site has become a place of pilgrimage. Verb tourists pilgrimaging to all of the traditional destinations across Europe
Recent Examples on the Web
This year's pilgrimage back to the ever-fantastical Bottura World includes an introduction to the property's new restaurant: Al Gatto Verde. Erica Firpo, Travel + Leisure, 11 Feb. 2024 Snow didn't stop hundreds of golden retriever dogs from making their annual pilgrimage to their namesake city! Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 Festive records should begin their annual pilgrimage down and out of the chart, including Michael Bublé’s Christmas (Reprise), the leader on the most recent tally, published Friday, Dec. 29. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 3 Jan. 2024 European ambassadors and think tank officials have been making pilgrimages to associates of Mr. Trump to inquire about his intentions. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 9 Dec. 2023 Each February 2, on Groundhog Day, the members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club make the pilgrimage to Gobbler’s Knob – Phil’s official home. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 People are going to museums to strengthen their minds and feel happier in a trend of sensory and artistic wellness experiences, and others are booking retreats focused on long pilgrimages. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 2 Feb. 2024 All five were residents of New York, who were traveling home from Washington Dulles International Airport after Umrah, an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, per a Facebook post from the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier, which the women were members of. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2024 Places of pilgrimage dot Israel’s map — many in parts controversially annexed or occupied after war. Marc Tracy, New York Times, 14 Jan. 2024
Access to pilgrimage sites has been a big part of the agenda of the governing Hindu nationalist party. Suhasini Raj, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Some pilgrimages enshrine sorrow, like the Ashura in Iraq, which would be the last stop on my journey; others, like fiesta in Bolivia’s Copacabana, are pilgrimages of joy and rapture. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 Enter Email Sign Up Similar crushes have happened all over the world, from a soccer stadium in England to the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia to Halloween festivities in the South Korean capital. Juan Lozano, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2023 Nicknamed the sunshine island, this remote landmass is bursting with postcard-perfect fishing villages, white sand beaches, a thriving artistic community, and a restaurant so exceptional that food lovers pilgrimage to it from around the globe. Isabelle Kliger, Vogue, 6 Sep. 2023 Fans of the author regularly pilgrimage to Grant Park to visit statues of Cleary’s most famous literary characters, including the irrepressible Ramona, stalwart Henry Huggins and his faithful dog, Ribsy. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2023 But though Lower Mustang was reopened to pilgrimage and trekking in 1992, Upper Mustang remains highly restricted. Holly Walters, The Conversation, 4 Aug. 2023 Additional content details pilgrimages to a psychedelic temple, AVOD as a solution for struggling indie doc makers, how documentary filmmakers are dealing with tight budgets and the story behind the pandemic relief bailout. William Earl, Variety, 26 July 2023 Soccer megastars have been pilgrimaging to these shores since 1975, when Pelé joined the New York Cosmos of the defunct North American Soccer League. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, 23 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pilgrimage was in the 14th century

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“Pilgrimage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilgrimage. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a journey of a pilgrim
pilgrimage verb

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