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  1. a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: a pilgrimage to Lourdes.
  2. Islam.
    1. the Pilgrimage,hajj.
    2. ʿumrah.
  3. 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.
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verb (used without object), pil·grim·aged, pil·grim·ag·ing.
  1. to make a pilgrimage.
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Origin of pilgrimage

1200–50; Middle English pilegrimage (see pilgrim, -age); replacing earlier pelrimage, alteration of Old French pelerinage


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3. excursion, tour. See trip1.
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  1. a journey to a shrine or other sacred place
  2. a journey or long search made for exalted or sentimental reasons
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  1. (intr) 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.

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