Definition of pilgrim noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪlɡrɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪlɡrɪm//
    Religious people
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  1. 1a person who travels to a holy place for religious reasons Muslim pilgrims on their way to Mecca Christian pilgrims visiting Lourdes See related entries: Religious people
  2. 2Pilgrim a member of the group of English people (the Pilgrim Fathers) who sailed to America on the ship The Mayflower in 1620 and started a colony in Massachusetts
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Provençal pelegrin, from Latin peregrinus ‘foreign’, from peregre ‘abroad’, from per- ‘through’ + ager ‘field’.Extra examples Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flock to Lourdes every year. Millions of pilgrims travel to Mecca. They were following one of the great medieval pilgrim routes.
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