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Definitions for pilgrim
ˈpɪl grɪm, -grəmpil·grim

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word pilgrim.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pilgrimnoun

    someone who journeys in foreign lands

  2. Pilgrim, Pilgrim Fathernoun

    one of the colonists from England who sailed to America on the Mayflower and founded the colony of Plymouth in New England in 1620

  3. pilgrimnoun

    someone who journeys to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion


  1. pilgrimnoun

    One who travels, especially on a journey to visit sites of religious significance.

  2. Pilgrimnoun

    someone connected with Plymouth Argyle Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.

  3. Pilgrimnoun

    A settler of the Plymouth Colony. Usually used in plural.

  4. Etymology: (early 13th century) pilegrim, from pelegrin (11th century), from peregrinus (English peregrine), a derivation from peregre; see per- + agri (from which English agri-).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pilgrimnoun

    A traveller; a wanderer; particularly one who travels on a religious account.

    Etymology: pelgrim, Dutch; pelerin, Fr. pelegrino, Italian: peregrinus, Lat.

    Two pilgrims, which have wandered some miles together, have a hearts-grief when they are near to part. William Drummond.

    Granting they could not tell Abraham’s footstep from an ordinary pilgrim ’s; yet they should know some difference between the foot of a man and the face of Venus. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Like pilgrims to th’ appointed place we tend;
    The world’s an inn, and death the journey’s end. Dryden.

  2. To Pilgrimverb

    To wander; to ramble.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The ambulo hath no certain home or diet, but pilgrims up and down every where, feeding upon all sorts of plants. Nehemiah Grew.


  1. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim is a pop rock song written by the British musicians Eric Clapton and Simon Climie. The duo also produced the song, which came about after a jam session between the two in the late 1990s. The title was recorded for Clapton's 1998 studio album Pilgrim and was released as the fourth and final single of the album. The song was always released as a B-side to another single and was accompanied by a music video. It is part of the Lethal Weapon 4 soundtrack.


  1. pilgrim

    A pilgrim is an individual who embarks on a journey or travels to a sacred place for religious observance or spiritual reasons. This voyage is often made out of devotion, moral obligation, or in search of spiritual enlightenment. Pilgrims also used to refer to the early settlers of the Plymouth Colony in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts in the United States.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pilgrimnoun

    a wayfarer; a wanderer; a traveler; a stranger

  2. Pilgrimnoun

    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

  3. Pilgrimadjective

    of or pertaining to a pilgrim, or pilgrims; making pilgrimages

  4. Pilgrimverb

    to journey; to wander; to ramble

  5. Etymology: [OE. pilgrim, pelgrim, pilegrim, pelegrim; cf. D. pelgrim, OHG. piligrm, G. pilger, F. plerin, 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. Pilgrim

    A pilgrim is a traveler who is on a journey to a holy place. Typically, this is a physical journeying to some place of special significance to the adherent of a particular religious belief system. In the spiritual literature of Christianity, the concept of pilgrim and pilgrimage may refer to the experience of life in the world or to the inner path of the spiritual aspirant from a state of wretchedness to a state of beatitude.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pilgrim

    pil′grim, n. one who travels to a distance to visit a sacred place: a wanderer: a traveller: a silk screen formerly attached to the back of a woman's bonnet to protect the neck: (slang) a new-comer.—adj. of or pertaining to a pilgrim: like a pilgrim: consisting of pilgrims.—ns. Pil′grimage, the journey of a pilgrim: a journey to a shrine or other sacred place: the time taken for a pilgrimage: the journey of life, a lifetime; Pil′grim-bott′le, a flat bottle holed at the neck for a cord.—Pilgrim fathers, the colonists who went to America in the ship Mayflower, and founded New England in 1620; Pilgrim's shell, a cockle-shell used as a sign that one had visited the Holy Land; Pilgrim's staff, a long staff which pilgrims carried as a sort of badge. [O. Fr. pelegrin (Fr. pèlerin)—L. peregrinus, foreigner, stranger—pereger, a traveller—per, through, ager, land.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Pilgrim

    From the Italian pellegrino, “a visitor to foreign lands.” Since the days of Peter the Hermit and the Crusades this term has been confined to one who travels on foot to worship at a holy shrine, whether he be a Christian, Mohammedan, or Buddhist. See “Palmer.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pilgrim is ranked #5535 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pilgrim surname appeared 6,275 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Pilgrim.

    74.5% or 4,680 total occurrences were White.
    18.6% or 1,173 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 200 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 137 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 43 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 42 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pilgrim in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pilgrim in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of pilgrim in a Sentence

  1. (Anon.):

    The Pilgrim Fathers landed on the shores of America and fell upon their knees. Then they fell upon the aborigines.

  2. James Russell Lowell:

    They talk about their Pilgrim blood, Their birthright high and holy A mountain-stream that ends in mud Methinks is melancholy.

  3. John Wayne:

    Think Ya Can Make It Pilgrim?

  4. John Wayne:


  5. John Wayne:

    Think back, pilgrim… Remember?

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