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 Cape Neddick, Maine, hot dog shanty is one of my favorite restaurants on Earth, a yearly pilgrimage that heralds the beginning of our weeklong northern vacation. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Our vacation was over before it even began," 3 Sep. 2019 Call me basic, but making a pilgrimage to the nearest Starbucks for a once-a-year pumpkin spice latte is one of my favorite rituals to celebrate the start of fall. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "We try Starbucks’ new pumpkin cream cold brew. (Spoiler: We like it)," 28 Aug. 2019 Explore the art and architecture on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in northern Spain with artist Amanda Schaffer. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Seacrest Foundation recognizes supporters," 26 Aug. 2019 People whose relatives had gone for the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia were listless and worried. Time, "The Indian Government Insists All Is Well in Kashmir. But As the Communications Shutdown Continues, Its Citizens Are Struggling to Reach the Outside World," 23 Aug. 2019 Did the Mediterranean group come for the Raj Jat pilgrimage and then stay at the lake long enough to meet their ends there? Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "DNA study deepens mystery of lake full of skeletons," 20 Aug. 2019 Palestinians who live above the pilgrimage road claim that displaced soil from the excavation has led to subsidence, causing structural damage and threatening the stability of their houses. Rachel Poser, Harper's magazine, "Common Ground," 19 Aug. 2019 O'Rourke has been absent from the campaign trail in the wake of the deadly shooting in El Paso earlier this month, recently skipping the Democratic pilgrimage to the Iowa State Fair to appeal to caucus voters. CBS News, "Beto O'Rourke delivering first speech after El Paso shooting -- live stream," 15 Aug. 2019 Diehard fans make pilgrimages there every year in an attempt to re-create the image of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr walking across. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Scores flock to Abbey Road for 50th anniversary of Beatles photo," 8 Aug. 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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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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