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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the film, Sheen embarks on a pilgrimage through Spain. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 The brilliant anatomist Andreas Vesalius, to atone for crimes against orthodoxy, was forced to go on pilgrimage to Jerusalem and perished on the island of Zakynthos when his ship foundered. John J. Ross, WSJ, 24 July 2022 The church’s rector, The Rev. John Burruss, is currently in Greece on a church pilgrimage. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 16 June 2022 The men, many traveling separately, were on a religious pilgrimage to a Hungarian town formerly known as Kerestir. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The main exceptions are two flagrantly sinful women — one is a prostitute wanted for a stabbing; the other is love-crazed to the point of being suicidal — who insist on accompanying him on a pilgrimage. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 On a drizzly June weekday, Rogers and I met at an Upper East Side corner diner, to wait out the rain before making a pilgrimage to one of her sacred spots in the city, Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. New York Times, 24 July 2022 As any son of Moscow or daughter of Vladivostok making a pilgrimage to the park will tell you, Fort Ross is the Russian equivalent of Jamestown. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 This was the first pilgrimage in three years after a stoppage because of the coronavirus pandemic. Shams Irfan, Washington Post, 9 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The two men frequently appear in public together: at Easter services, visiting monasteries and traveling to pilgrimage sites. Deborah Netburnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Typically, Biden, other top Democrats and civil rights leaders would pilgrimage to Selma for the anniversary, but there is no in-person gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2021 The offerings were possibly linked to a cult of Inca ancestors, and to pilgrimage ceremonies that took place on the Island of the Sun. National Geographic, 4 Aug. 2020 An international ad campaign persuaded young people to pilgrimage across countries and continents to attend. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 6 Aug. 2019 See More

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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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“Pilgrimage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilgrimage. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for pilgrimage


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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