Definition: Pilgrimage

From New World Encyclopedia


From Middle English pilgrimage, from Old French peligrinage, pelrimage, variants of pelerinage (“pilgrimage”); equivalent to pilegrim from Latin peregrīnus (“foreigner”) +‎ -age.


pilgrimage (plural pilgrimages)

  1. A journey made to a sacred place, or a religious journey.
    In the Muslim faith, the pilgrimage to Mecca is known as the Hajj.
  2. A visit to any site revered or associated with a meaningful event.
    Each year we made a pilgrimage to New York City to visit the pub where we all first met.

Related terms

  • pilgrim


pilgrimage (third-person singular simple present pilgrimages, present participle pilgrimaging, simple past and past participle pilgrimaged)

  1. To go on a pilgrimage.


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