- 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.
Origin of pilgrim
Examples from the Web for pilgrim
Most were originally drove roads, paths to market, or pilgrim paths.The Unfindable Place: Robert Macfarlane’s Holloway
June 26, 2013
Pictured above is the sculpture titled Hopeful Had Much Ado from Pilgrim's Progress.The Future of Print!
June 4, 2013
The tip of the one of the spires at the National Cathedral fell onto the steps of Pilgrim Road.Earthquake Hits the East Coast!
August 23, 2011
After reading Franny and Zooey, I read The Way of the Pilgrim.Salinger's Final Mystery
January 29, 2010
Never did a pilgrim approach Niagara with deeper enthusiasm than mine.Other Tales and Sketches
I suppose the Pilgrim and the Rake are contrasted with each other.Weighed and Wanting
Why was Mr. Greatheart, in Pilgrim's Progress, my favorite character?The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
I only said that you are a pilgrim, a nobleman, and that I used to know you.Father Sergius
In 'The Pilgrim's Progress' we are among genuine human beings.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
- a person who undertakes a journey to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion
- any wayfarer
Word Origin and History for pilgrim
c.1200, pilegrim, from Old French pelerin, peregrin "pilgrim, crusader; foreigner, stranger" (11c., Modern French pèlerin), from Late Latin pelegrinus, dissimilated from Latin peregrinus "foreigner" (source of Italian pellegrino, Spanish peregrino), from peregre (adv.) "from abroad," from per- "beyond" + agri, locative case of ager "country" (see acre).
Change of first -r- to -l- in most Romance languages by dissimilation; the -m appears to be a Germanic modification. Pilgrim Fathers "English Puritans who founded Plymouth colony" is first found 1799 (they called themselves Pilgrims from c.1630, in reference to Hebrew xi:13).