[ pil-gruh-mij ]
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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. 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),pil·grim·aged, pil·grim·ag·ing.
  1. to make a pilgrimage.

Origin of pilgrimage

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

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3. See trip1.

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British Dictionary definitions for pilgrimage


/ (ˈpɪlɡrɪmɪdʒ) /

  1. a journey to a shrine or other sacred place

  2. a journey or long search made for exalted or sentimental reasons

  1. (intr) to make a pilgrimage

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