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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 My family—including my parents, sister, and her boyfriend—had planned on making a big pilgrimage to Korea at the end of June, when Y.’s school lets out. Ed Park, The New Yorker, "Confronting Anti-Asian Discrimination During the Coronavirus Crisis," 17 Mar. 2020 Senegal also banned all public gatherings for a month, stopping cruise ships from docking and suspending Muslim and Christian pilgrimages. Washington Post, "Daily life near a standstill as nations try to halt pandemic," 16 Mar. 2020 The unprecedented clearing followed Saudi Arabia’s suspension of the year-round umrah pilgrimage. Michael George, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 10 Mar. 2020 The quiet cabin and smooth highway ride make the QX50 a popular road-trip shuttle, having been enlisted for a half dozen pilgrimages to northern Michigan, a pair of jaunts into the deeper reaches of Ohio, and a journey to Washington, D.C. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Our 2019 Infiniti QX50 Underwhelms in its Complexity," 10 Mar. 2020 Saudi Arabia has suspended pilgrimages to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "China reports fewest number of coronavirus cases since it started tracking disease in January," 9 Mar. 2020 But research shows variable temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic could make the annual pilgrimage to the Tidal Basin harder to plan. Jennifer Hijazi, Scientific American, "Cherry Blossoms Are Popping Out Early Because of Warming," 7 Mar. 2020 Muslim pilgrimages of Umrah are temporarily suspended. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "How religious communities are modifying traditions to prevent possible coronavirus spread," 6 Mar. 2020 Air India plans to operate a smaller Airbus A320 to Saudi Arabia instead of the Boeing 747 and Boeing 777 due to suspension of the annual Haj pilgrimage, the Business Standard reported on March 4. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Indian aviation thought 2019 was bad, it didn’t see coronavirus coming," 5 Mar. 2020 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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23 Mar 2020

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“Pilgrimage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilgrimage. Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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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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