American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A religious devotee who journeys to a shrine or sacred place.
- n. One who embarks on a quest for something conceived of as sacred.
- n. A traveler.
- n. One of the English Separatists who founded the colony of Plymouth in New England in 1620.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A traveler; specifically, one who journeys to some place esteemed sacred, either as a penance, or in order to discharge some vow or religious obligation, or to obtain some spiritual or miraculous benefit; hence, a wanderer; a sojourner in a foreign land. The custom of pilgrimages has prevailed especially in India, among Mohammedan peoples, and among Christians in the middle ages. Frequented places of Christian pilgrimage have been (besides Jerusalem and the Holy Land) Rome, Canterbury, Compostela in Spain, Einsiedeln in Switzerland, and in modern times Lourdes in France.
- n. In American history, specifically, one of the English separatists who sailed from Delfthaven (in the Netherlands) in the “Mayflower,” touching at Southampton, England, and founded the colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts, at the end of 1620.
- n. A new-comer, whether a person or an animal; a “tenderfoot.”
- n. A curtain or screen of silk hanging from the back of a woman's bonnet to protect the neck, worn in the latter part of the eighteenth century.
- n. In modern times, a carved pearl shell such as are brought by travelers from the Holy Land.
- n. In heraldry, same as bourdon.
- Of, pertaining to, used by, or characteristic of a pilgrim, or one who travels to a sacred place in performance of some religious duty; wandering as a pilgrim; consisting of pilgrims.
- To journey or travel as a pilgrim; undertake or accomplish a pilgrimage.
- n. One who travels, especially on a journey to visit sites of religious significance.
- v. intransitive To journey; to wander; to ramble.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A wayfarer; a wanderer; a traveler; a stranger.
- n. One who travels far, or in strange lands, to visit some holy place or shrine as a devotee. See Palmer.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a pilgrim, or pilgrims; making pilgrimages.
- v. rare To journey; to wander; to ramble.
- n. someone who journeys to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion
- n. someone who journeys in foreign lands
- n. one of the colonists from England who sailed to America on the Mayflower and founded the colony of Plymouth in New England in 1620
- Middle English (early 13th century) pilegrim, from Old French pelegrin (11th century), from Latin peregrinus ("foreigner") (English peregrine ("wandering")), a derivation from per-egre; see per- + agri ("field, farm") (from which English agri- ("farming")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French peligrin, from Late Latin pelegrīnus, alteration of Latin peregrīnus, foreigner; see peregrine. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Reloading with such a pilgrim is a teaching experience.”
“That blessed pilgrim is able, even through his or her tears, to taste and to see that the Lord is good, that even our pain is remedial, that even our suffering is grace.”
“Apparently the purpose of the pilgrim is to walk to Assisi, but in reality "he advances towards himself" to join the Divine within.”
“A certain pilgrim was reported to have made this blunder which is hardly possible in Moslem dress.”
“Gibbon viewed himself as just such a stranger, characterizing himself as a "devout pilgrim from the remote and once savage countries of the North" who has now returned to the cradle of western civilization to pay homage and resurrect its glories (II. 641-2).”
“I'll just be a plain pilgrim, or Henry who killed Becket.”
“The word pilgrim means a wanderer, but it has come in course of time to signify any traveller who comes from a distance to some such place.”
“‘It is not the face of a Kourd,’ replied Ali; ‘perchance a pilgrim from the mountains.’”
“The pilgrim was a young Belgian student history, not music, a Sollima fan through his YouTube shenanigans, who had hitch-hiked her way from Brussels for this one concert.”
“He was known as the pilgrim Pope visiting more than 100 countries and is generally acknowledged as the most well traveled world leader ever.”
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