pil·​grim·​age | \ ˈpil-grə-mij How to pronounce pilgrimage (audio) \

Definition of pilgrimage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a journey of a pilgrim especially : one to a shrine or a sacred place
2 : the course of life on earth


pilgrimaged; pilgrimaging

Definition of pilgrimage (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go on a pilgrimage

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Synonyms for pilgrimage

Synonyms: Verb

journey, peregrinate, tour, travel, trek, trip, voyage

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Examples of pilgrimage in a Sentence


He made a pilgrimage to Mecca. The tradition of pilgrimage is important in Islam. The family went on a pilgrimage to historical battlefields. The poet's grave site has become a place of pilgrimage.


tourists pilgrimaging to all of the traditional destinations across Europe
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The exhibition debuted in November 2017 in Cohen’s hometown of Montreal (Cohen worshippers are known to make pilgrimages to his unassuming brick house in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal), at the city’s Musée d’art contemporain. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Designer Nili Lotan Hosts a Preview of the Exhibition “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything”," 11 Apr. 2019 Kanye West embarked on an art pilgrimage last month to the ethereal, glowing light installations of artist James Turrell. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Kanye West Donates $10 Million to Art Project," 14 Jan. 2019 Ansari was on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia with his wife at the time of his daughter’s disappearance. Zaheer Babar, The Seattle Times, "Pakistan executes man convicted of killing 8 children," 16 Oct. 2018 My personal favorite is Ophillia, a religious devotee who sets off on an ancient pilgrimage through dangerous terrain. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Octopath Traveler is a modern take on classic Final Fantasy on the Nintendo Switch," 12 July 2018 The press corps was accompanying a parliamentary delegation on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Wind In My Hair' is Iranian activist Masih Alinejad's gutsy story," 30 May 2018 James Turrell fans on a pilgrimage For followers of James Turrell, Roden Crater is their Mecca. Scott Craven, azcentral, "What is artist James Turrell creating inside a Flagstaff crater? He's been at it for 40 years," 14 May 2018 Sufis might feel it during mystical moments, other Muslims on the Hajj pilgrimage. Daniel Burke, CNN, "Seeing the Pope help strangers made me tear up. Later I learned why.," 6 Apr. 2018 In Marsa Matrouh, on the Mediterranean coast, a group of businessmen offered to send 500 voters on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Declan Walsh And Nour Youssef, New York Times, "For as Little as $3 a Vote, Egyptians Trudge to Election Stations," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pilgrimage


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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English Language Learners Definition of pilgrimage

: a journey to a holy place
: a journey to a special or unusual place


pil·​grim·​age | \ ˈpil-grə-mij How to pronounce pilgrimage (audio) \

Kids Definition of pilgrimage

: a journey made by a pilgrim

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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