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 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 The hajj, from the Arabic word for pilgrimage, is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "For the first time, Saudi Arabia is considering allowing unchaperoned women to go on the hajj," 21 Oct. 2019 But Arbaeen — Arabic for the number forty — draws far more pilgrims than the hajj in Saudi Arabia, a pilgrimage required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Millions march in Iraq in annual Arbaeen Shiite pilgrimage," 19 Oct. 2019 Well, now all those making the Gaines pilgrimage to Waco will have someplace to stay: a converted 53,000-square-foot former office building, which the Gaineses plan to infuse with their particular brand of modern farmhouse style. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Opening a Hotel," 3 Oct. 2019 Richard Peddicord will lead a four-day pilgrimage of Dominican sites in Ireland. Rich Mayor, chicagotribune.com, "Luck of the Friars: Fenwick to play football game in Ireland next season," 24 Aug. 2019 Captain Pierre takes me there; two hours gliding on his wooden craft, the Barca Jost, describing Filicudi as a place of eccentric pilgrimage. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Islands Near Sicily Might Be the Last Uncrowded Part of Italy," 22 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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17 Nov 2019

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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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