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.
Origin of pilgrim
- Middle English from Old French peligrin from Late Latin pelegrīnus alteration of Latin peregrīnus foreigner peregrine
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- The change of -r...r- to -l...r- is an effect of dissimilation in early Romance; compare Italian cognate pellegrino.