Definitions for: Pilgrim


[n] someone who journeys in foreign lands
[n] some one who journeys to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion
[n] one of the colonists from England who sailed to America on the Mayflower and founded the colony of Plymouth in New England in 1620



Webster (1913) Definition: Pil"grim, n. [OE. pilgrim, pelgrim, pilegrim,
pelegrim; cf. D. pelgrim, OHG. piligr[=i]m, G. pilger, F.
p[`e]lerin, It. pellegrino; all fr. L. peregrinus a
foreigner, fr. pereger abroad; per through + ager land,
field. See Per-, and Acre, and cf. Pelerine,
Peregrine.]
1. A wayfarer; a wanderer; a traveler; a stranger.

Strangers and pilgrims on the earth. --Heb. xi. 13.

2. One who travels far, or in strange lands, to visit some
holy place or shrine as a devotee; as, a pilgrim to
Loretto; Canterbury pilgrims. See Palmer. --P. Plowman.


Pil"grim, a.
Of or pertaining to a pilgrim, or pilgrims; making
pilgrimages. ``With pilgrim steps.'' --Milton.

Pilgrim fathers, a name popularly given to the one hundred
and two English colonists who landed from the Mayflower
and made the first settlement in New England at Plymouth
in 1620. They were separatists from the Church of England,
and most of them had sojourned in Holland.


Pil"grim, v. i.
To journey; to wander; to ramble. [R.] --Grew. Carlyle.

See Also: believer, colonist, hadji, haji, hajji, journeyer, settler, wayfarer, worshiper, worshipper

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