Pilgrims departing on the Mayflower
- An example of a pilgrim is an English Puritan who came over to Plymouth Massachusetts on the Mayflower in 1620 to escape religious persecution in England.
- An example of a pilgrim is a person who travels to Israel on a religious mission.
- a person who travels about; wanderer
- a person who travels to a shrine or holy place as a religious act
- [P-] any member of the band of English Puritans who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620
Origin of pilgrimMiddle English pelegrim from Old French pelegrin from Ecclesiastical Late Latin pelegrinus from Classical Latin peregrinus, foreigner from peregre, from abroad from per, through + ager, field, country: see acre
- A religious devotee who journeys to a shrine or sacred place.
- A person who travels, especially to foreign lands or to a place of great personal importance.
- Pilgrim One of the English Separatists who founded the colony of Plymouth in New England in 1620.
Origin of pilgrimMiddle English from Old French peligrin from Late Latin pelegrīnus alteration of Latin peregrīnus foreigner ; see peregrine .
(third-person singular simple present pilgrims, present participle pilgriming, simple past and past participle pilgrimed)
Middle English (early 13th century) pilegrim, from Old French pelegrin (11th century), from Latin peregrinus (“foreigner") (English peregrine (“wandering")), a derivation from per-egre; see per- + agri (“field, farm") (from which English agri- (“farming")).
The change of -r...r- to -l...r- is an effect of dissimilation in early Romance; compare Italian cognate pellegrino.
- A settler of the Plymouth Colony. Usually used in plural.