pilgrimage

[ pil-gruh-mij ]
/ ˈpɪl grə mɪdʒ /

noun

a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: a pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Islam.
  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), pil·grim·aged, pil·grim·ag·ing.

to make a pilgrimage.

Nearby words

  1. pilgarlic,
  2. pilgrim,
  3. pilgrim bottle,
  4. pilgrim fathers,
  5. pilgrim's progress,
  6. pilgrimage of grace,
  7. pilgrims,
  8. pili,
  9. pili torti,
  10. pili-

Origin of pilgrimage

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

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British Dictionary definitions for pilgrimage

pilgrimage

/ (ˈpɪlɡrɪmɪdʒ) /

noun

a journey to a shrine or other sacred place
a journey or long search made for exalted or sentimental reasons

verb

(intr) to make a pilgrimage
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Word Origin and History for pilgrimage

pilgrimage

n.

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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