Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who travels, especially on a journey to visit sites of religious significance.
  • v. To journey; to wander; to ramble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To journey; to wander; to ramble.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
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)

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  • Who would true valor see,
    Let him come hither;
    One here will constant be,
    Come wind come weather.
    There's no discouragement
    Shall make him once relent
    His first avow'd intent
    To be a pilgrim.

    September 20, 2009


  • The herald said: 'This king for whom you grieve
    Governs in glory you cannot conceive -
    A hundred thousand armies are to Him
    An ant that clambers up His threshold's rim,
    And what are you? Grief is your fate - go back;
    Retrace your steps along the pilgrims' track!'

    - Farid ud-Din Attar, 'The Conference of the Birds', translation by Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis.

    November 23, 2008