[pil-grim, -gruhm]
a person who journeys, especially a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: pilgrims to the Holy Land.
a traveler or wanderer, especially in a foreign place.
an original settler in a region.
(initial capital letter) one of the band of Puritans who founded the colony of Plymouth, Mass., in 1620.
a newcomer to a region or place, especially to the western U.S.

1150–1200; Middle English pilegrim, pelegrim, cognate with Old Frisian pilegrīm, Middle Low German pelegrīm, Old High German piligrīm, Old Norse pīlagrīmr, all < Medieval Latin pelegrīnus, dissimilated variant of Latin peregrīnus peregrine

pilgrimatic, pilgrimatical, adjective
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pilgrim (ˈpɪlɡrɪm)
1.  a person who undertakes a journey to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion
2.  any wayfarer
[C12: from Provençal pelegrin, from Latin peregrīnus foreign, from per through + ager field, land; see peregrine]

Pilgrim (ˈpɪlɡrɪm)
See Canterbury Pilgrims

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, pilegrim, from O.Fr. pelegrin (11c.), from L. peregrinus "foreigner," from peregre (adv.) "from abroad," from per- "beyond" + agri, locative case of ager "country" (see acre). Change of first -r- to -l- in Romance languages by dissimilation. Pilgrim Fathers "English
Puritans who founded Plymouth colony" is first found 1799 (they called themselves Pilgrims from c.1630, in allusion to Heb. xi.13).
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Example sentences
The opposite happened here where a foreign pilgrim stood reverse and got blessing from the elephant.
He made more noise in the information world than any messenger or pilgrim before or since.
Her notion was to walk as a pilgrim, fasting until she was given food and not resting until she found shelter.
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