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 Editor’s note: The annual pilgrimage of the Nova Scotia Christmas tree to Boston never fails to stir the holiday spirit in Metro Minute. BostonGlobe.com, "about the couple who donated the tree.," 15 Nov. 2019 Believers congregated for rituals on the remote mountainside where adherents make an annual pilgrimage to pay homage to the goddess, seeking spiritual connection and physical healing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Venezuelans seek strength, healing from mythical goddess," 14 Oct. 2019 The Festival of Sacrifice marks the height of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Start your Monday smart: Kashmir, Bill Cosby, Greg Craig, Premier League, abuse cases," 11 Aug. 2019 The challenge was bigger in case of the ongoing annual pilgrimage to the high altitude cave shrine of Amarnath which was due to culminate in the next few days. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "Kashmir descends into a witch’s brew of fear and suspense," 4 Aug. 2019 The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Monday that authorities are trying to determine why these sharks spend months on an annual pilgrimage in winter and spring to the deep sea. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Scientists find great white shark lair in Pacific Ocean: report," 18 Sep. 2018 At the same time, a parade of job-seekers made the pilgrimage to Trump Tower in New York to pay homage to the incoming commander in chief, seeking a place on his short list. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "From 'Anonymous,' key excerpts from inside Trump White House on Putin, Pence, Hillary," 12 Nov. 2019 There are, of course, the twice-annual private appointments held at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in New York, one of the calendar's great jewelry pilgrimages. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "A Trove of Rare Hemmerle Pieces—One of Jewelry's Holy Grails—Comes Up for Auction," 8 Nov. 2019 But what stuck out most from Green’s quick Pop pilgrimage before the Lakers’ 103-97 victory on Sunday night was not an inside joke. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "For Danny Green, the Spurs’ love remains," 3 Nov. 2019 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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The first known use of pilgrimage was in the 14th century

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1 Dec 2019

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“Pilgrimage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilgrimage?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=pilgri02. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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