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pilgrim

[ pil-grim, -gruhm ]
/ ˈpɪl grɪm, -grəm /
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noun

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.

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Origin of pilgrim

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 peregrīnusperegrine

OTHER WORDS FROM pilgrim

pil·gri·mat·ic, pil·gri·mat·i·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pilgrim (1 of 2)

pilgrim
/ (ˈpɪlɡrɪm) /

noun

a person who undertakes a journey to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion
any wayfarer

Word Origin for pilgrim

C12: from Provençal pelegrin, from Latin peregrīnus foreign, from per through + ager field, land; see peregrine

British Dictionary definitions for pilgrim (2 of 2)

Pilgrim
/ (ˈpɪlɡrɪm) /

noun

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