pil·​grim·​age | \ˈpil-grə-mij \

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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In May, women rallied around the world, citizens made the pilgrimage home to vote, and when all were tallied, a resounding 66 percent said women deserve choice. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "9 Times Being a Woman in 2018 Was Genuinely Powerful," 30 Oct. 2018 Even if JaPow lives up to the hype as a worthwhile pilgrimage for powder buffs, flying for 13 hours only to bomb down piste with a granola bar is like visiting Paris and eating at McDonald’s. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 Francis' visit to Tallinn marked the last stop in a four-day pilgrimage that also took him to Lithuania and Latvia. Fox News, "Pope Francis says church needs to 'change' as sexual abuse scandals driving people away," 26 Sep. 2018 These days, the boho clan comes for the art, including the obligatory pilgrimage to Judd's Chinati Foundation, and is summarily awed by the setting. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, "How an Abandoned Texas Home Is Restored Into an Ethereal Country Getaway," 20 Sep. 2018 Some of the passengers on the flight had participated in the Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia’s Mecca. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Emirates flight from Dubai to JFK: what we know about the sick passengers," 6 Sep. 2018 At the end of every summer, Queen Elizabeth II makes her annual pilgrimage north to Scotland for a multiple week-long holiday at Balmoral Castle. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Inside the Royals' Favorite Scottish Getaway, Balmoral Castle," 7 Aug. 2018 Joining us on our pastry pilgrimage was our buddy Marcia. BostonGlobe.com, "A pastry pilgrimage to sample sweets from Food Network competitors," 6 July 2018 This inspires the woman next to me to describe her pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Sanctity and sex in installations devoted to chapels and cruising at Venice Architecture Biennale," 27 May 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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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 \

Kids Definition of pilgrimage

: a journey made by a pilgrim

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