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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nubian Dreams Restaurant & Cafe has become a pilgrimage destination of sorts for chefs and food lovers from around the world, and with good reason. Brian Freedman, Travel + Leisure, "Going Home: A Chef’s Journey to the Culinary Soul of Egypt," 29 June 2020 Much like the present, diseases and other natural calamities have also come in the way of the pilgrimage. Ken Chitwood, Quartz Africa, "Saudi’s Hajj cancellation for Covid-19 is not the first time a plague has disrupted Muslims’ pilgrimage," 25 June 2020 In 2019, Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown joined the annual pilgrimage, as well as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, "Rename Edmund Pettus Bridge? Activists, politicians split: ‘It does not help history'," 24 June 2020 This might ground a large percentage of the annual pilgrimage, potentially throwing another wrench into the Coachella Valley's important tourism industry. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "In CA: A surge in COVID-19 cases is breaking records, and wildfires heat up," 24 June 2020 The hajj, the Muslim world’s most important religious pilgrimage, is considered a pillar of Islam and has been held since the seventh century in Mecca. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Shrinks Hajj Pilgrimage Because of Coronavirus Pandemic," 23 June 2020 Rashid, who is one of India's most influential Muslim clerics, blamed China for the disappointing restrictions and insisted that a delegation from India be allowed to participate in the pilgrimage. Fox News, "Saudi Arabia says hajj to go ahead with 'very limited numbers' amid coronavirus pandemic," 23 June 2020 The pilgrimage usually draws up to 2.5 million Muslims from all over the world. Menelaos Hadjicostis, Time, "Surge in Coronavirus Infections as Restrictions Loosen Globally," 23 June 2020 The decision comes after weeks of speculation over whether Saudi Arabia would cancel the pilgrimage altogether or allow the hajj to be held in symbolic numbers. BostonGlobe.com, "Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus," 22 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An international ad campaign persuaded young people to pilgrimage across countries and continents to attend. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Woodstock Can Never Happen Again," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Pilgrimage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilgrimage. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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