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[pil-gruh-mij] /ˈpɪl grə mɪdʒ/
a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion:
a pilgrimage to Lourdes.
  1. the Pilgrimage, hajj.
  2. ʿumrah.
any long journey, especially one undertaken as a quest or for a votive purpose, as to pay homage:
a pilgrimage to the grave of Shakespeare.
verb (used without object), pilgrimaged, pilgrimaging.
to make a pilgrimage.
Origin of pilgrimage
1200-50; Middle English pilegrimage (see pilgrim, -age); replacing earlier pelrimage, alteration of Old French pelerinage
3. excursion, tour. See trip1 . Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One of the main reasons people traveled in that period, he explained, was to take religious pilgrimages.
  • Books on sacred sites and pilgrimage have bounced back after a couple of slim seasons.
  • It has something to do with pilgrimage, the hushed aura of sacredness.
  • The pilgrimage is the opportunity for personal growth and inner change.
  • I've been told he's a sun god opening the doors of heaven, or a marker for monks on a pilgrimage trail.
  • To me, this visit feels less like a reporting job than a pilgrimage.
  • She did not accompany him on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem .
  • It is the story of a 40-day pilgrimage into the desert, a pilgrimage for the sake of inner cleansing and self-renewal.
  • Even getting there is a pilgrimage of sorts.
  • Last month's pilgrimage celebrated the anniversary of this final vision.
British Dictionary definitions for pilgrimage


a journey to a shrine or other sacred place
a journey or long search made for exalted or sentimental reasons
(intransitive) to make a pilgrimage
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Word Origin and History for pilgrimage

late 13c., pelrimage; from pilgrim + -age and also from Old French pelrimage, pelerinage "pilgrimage, distant journey, crusade," from peleriner "to go on a pilgrimage." Modern spelling from early 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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