Origin of pilgrim
Examples from the Web for pilgrims
We are pilgrims, our life is a long walk or journey from earth to heaven.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind|Nick Mafi|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After all, Spanish conquistadors arrived in the early 1500s, well before the Jamestown settlers in 1607 or the Pilgrims in 1620.
In Mauritania, Chinguetti once flourished with scholars, pilgrims, and religious leaders.
Some are pilgrims from out of town, come to savor the best granola on the West Coast.
Last year, more than 20,000 pilgrims visited for the November anniversary.Did the Virgin Mary Warn Rwanda’s Holiest Town of the Genocide?|Nina Strochlic|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In all probability most of Zerubbabel's and Ezra's pilgrims had been in humble circumstances.Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther|Walter Adeney
Palestine has been a land of pilgrims and tourists from the very beginning of its history.Patriarchal Palestine|Archibald Henry Sayce
The cathedral was built with money collected from pilgrims who flocked to the city in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.The Childrens' Story of the War, Volume 1 (of 10)|James Edward Parrott
Pilgrims, I desire first to thank those undergraduates of Oxford.Mark Twain's Speeches|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
That question happily was settled for the United States with the landing of the Pilgrims.Socialism and Democracy in Europe|Samuel P. Orth
British Dictionary definitions for pilgrims (1 of 2)
Word Origin for pilgrim
British Dictionary definitions for pilgrims (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for pilgrims
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).
Culture definitions for pilgrims
A group of English Puritans, persecuted in their own country, who emigrated to America. The first group arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. They landed at Plymouth Rock, in what is now Massachusetts, and established the Plymouth Colony, with the Mayflower Compact as their constitution. William Bradford and Miles Standish were noted leaders of the colony.