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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
the Pilgrim Fathers
▪ Thousands of Christian pilgrims converged on Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas Eve.
▪ All over Ireland, posters advertise pilgrim coach tours to Knock, a town famous for apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
▪ Jim believed it would survive best as a band of pilgrims.
▪ Me thinks another pilgrim is trying to make a buck.
▪ More than a million pilgrims come to Koya-san each year.
▪ The last pilgrims had gone home, and the small kiosks and stalls were closing.
▪ The nomads came early and the pilgrims came late.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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

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.


Pilgrim \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.


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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, pilegrim, from Old French pelerin, peregrin "pilgrim, crusader; foreigner, stranger" (11c., Modern French pèlerin), from Late Latin pelegrinus, dissimilated from Latin peregrinus "foreigner" (source of Italian pellegrino, Spanish peregrino), from peregre (adv.) "from abroad," from per- "beyond" + agri, locative case of ager "country" (see acre).\n

\nChange of first -r- to -l- in most Romance languages by dissimilation; the -m appears to be a Germanic modification. Pilgrim Fathers "English Puritans who founded Plymouth colony" is first found 1799 (they called themselves Pilgrims from c.1630, in reference to Hebrew xi:13).


n. One who travels, especially on a journey to visit sites of religious significance. vb. (context intransitive English) To journey; to wander; to ramble.

  1. n. someone who journeys in foreign lands

  2. one of the colonists from England who sailed to America on the Mayflower and founded the colony of Plymouth in New England in 1620 [syn: Pilgrim Father]

  3. some one who journeys to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion


A pilgrim (from the Latin peregrinus) is a traveler (literally one who has come from afar) who is on a journey to a holy place. Typically, this is a physical journey (often on foot) 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 (considered as a period of exile) or to the inner path of the spiritual aspirant from a state of wretchedness to a state of beatitude.

Pilgrim (Eric Clapton album)

Pilgrim is the thirteenth studio album by the British rock musician Eric Clapton, released on March 10, 1998 for Reprise Records. The album features all-new studio-recorded material since Clapton's 1989 hit album Journeyman and was nominated for several music awards. Although most of the critics responded negatively to the 1998 studio effort, it was one of Clapton's most commercially successful albums, reaching the Top 10 in twenty-two countries, selling more than 4,500,000 copies worldwide.

Pilgrim (film)

Pilgrim (sometimes later titled as Inferno) is a 2000 film directed by Harley Cokeliss and written by Peter Milligan. It stars Ray Liotta as an amnesiac.

Pilgrim (disambiguation)

A pilgrim is one who undertakes a religious journey or pilgrimage.

Pilgrim(s) or The Pilgrim may also refer to:

Pilgrim (archbishop of Cologne)

Pilgrim (; c. 985 – 25 August 1036) was a statesman and prelate of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1016 he took charge of the chancery of the Kingdom of Italy, and became the first archchancellor in 1031. In 1021 he became Archbishop of Cologne. For his part in the imperial campaign against the South Italian principalities in 1022, the chronicler Amatus of Montecassino described him as "warlike".

Pilgrim (Douglass novel)

Pilgrim is the 1998 fantasy novel by Australian author Sara Douglass. It was first published in Australia as the second part of the " Wayfarer Redemption" series, then republished in the US and most of Europe as the fifth book of the Wayfarer Redemption sextet.

Pilgrim (given name)

Pilgrim (or Piligrim, from Latin Peregrinus, Pellegrinus, etc.) is a given name. It may refer to:

  • Pilgrim I (archbishop of Salzburg) (died 923)
  • Piligrim (died 991), bishop of Passau
  • Pilgrim (archbishop of Cologne) (died 1036)
  • Pellegrinus I of Aquileia (died 1161)
  • Pellegrino II of Aquileia (died 1204)
  • Pilgrim von Puchheim (died 1396), archbishop of Salzburg
Pilgrim (automobile)

The Pilgrim was an automobile built in Detroit, Michigan, by the Pilgrim Motor Car Company in 1914. The Pilgrim was known as a light car that weighed only . They produced a five-seater which was powered by a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that was water-cooled.

Pilgrim (Timothy Findley novel)

Pilgrim is a novel by Timothy Findley, first published by HarperFlamingo in Canada in 1999. The first US edition was published by HarperCollins in 2000. The novel is typical of Findley's interest in Jungian psychology; in fact, Carl Jung himself is a major character.

The novel's protagonist is Pilgrim, an immortal who is brought to Jung's clinic in Zürich after his latest failed suicide attempt. Pilgrim has lived through the ages, moving from one life to another, and claims to be tired of living. Jung takes it upon himself to cure what he sees as a delusion and to restore Pilgrim's will to live.

Pilgrim is the inspiration for a contemporary opera, The Dream Healer, composed by Lloyd Burritt, with libretto by Christopher Allan and Don Mowatt. The premiere is planned for March 2008 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia. It will star mezzo-soprano Judith Forst as Lady Sybil Quartermaine

Category:1999 novels Category:Novels by Timothy Findley Category:Novels set in Switzerland Category:Carl Jung in fiction Category:Culture of Zürich Category:HarperCollins books

Pilgrim (sandwich)

A Pilgrim or Puritan is a sandwich which has connotations with the American Pilgrim Fathers and Thanksgiving Day. It was a traditional way of using up leftover food from Thanksgiving Day and thus is composed essentially of bread slices or a bap, into which are placed sliced roast turkey, cranberries or cranberry sauce and cheddar cheese. There is an enormous variation in its composition with a huge range of ingredients being employed in some sandwiches and a great variation of ingredients between recipes. At its most basic it can be two slices of bread with slices of turkey, herb stuffing, cranberry sauce and some gravy.

More sophisticated versions of the Pilgrim sandwich include store-bought corn muffins, crusty hoagie, French bread, ciabatta rolls, extra virgin olive oil, butter, chopped apple, chopped onion, celery, flat leaf parsley, Thousand Island dressing and sliced/chopped pickled gherkins for topping.

A poll in Esquire, a well known international magazine, reported it to be one of America’s favourite sandwiches, the version illustrated included Muenster cheese and lettuce in addition to turkey, stuffing and cranberry chutney.

Pilgrim (Eric Clapton song)

"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 accopanied by a music video. It is part of the Lethal Weapon 4 soundtrack.

Pilgrim (Bacziewicz)

Pilgrim is a radio play by Sebastian Baczkiewicz

A fantasy tale of a hero cursed with immortality, produced by BBC Radio and starring Paul Hilton as William Palmer, the immortal title character.

Pilgrim (Mø song)

"Pilgrim" is a song performed by Danish singer/songwriter MØ. The song was released as a digital download in Denmark on 15 March 2013 through Chess Club and RCA Victor as the second single from her debut studio album No Mythologies to Follow (2014). The song has peaked at number 11 on the Danish Singles Chart.

Usage examples of "pilgrim".

The perpetual resort of pilgrims and spectators insensibly formed, in the neighborhood of the temple, the stately and populous village of Daphne, which emulated the splendor, without acquiring the title, of a provincial city.

Was, as appears elsewhere, a well-conditioned tradesman of Surrey, England, who was both an Adventurer and a MAY-FLOWER Pilgrim, and Martin and himself appear to have been the only ones who enjoyed that distinction.

Committee of Arrangements of the New England Society respectfully invite you to be present at the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Society, and the two hundred and sixtieth of the landing of the Pilgrims at Metropolitan Concert Hall.

Neill is clearly of opinion that the Captains of the MAY-FLOWER and the DISCOVERY were identical, and this belief is shared by such authorities in Pilgrim literature as Young, Prince, Goodwin, and Davis, and against this formidable consensus of opinion, Arber, unless better supported, can hardly hope to prevail.

Then they came to an arbour, warm, and promising much refreshing to the pilgrims, for it was finely wrought above head, beautified with greens, and furnished with couches and settles.

Christian was, Hopeful had taken a nap, as he so confidingly called it--a fatal nap in that arbour built by the enemy of pilgrims, just on purpose for the young and the ignorant, the inexperienced and the self-indulgent.

It was a warm arbour, and it promised much refreshing to the pilgrims.

But even so she had to notice how the pilgrims reacted to the sight of Miss Azimuth, how they cleared the way for her, how they stepped aside out of the trail and put their knuckles to their foreheads.

Once more they landed at a short distance from Constantinople, and Rother bade his men hide in a thicket, while he went into the city, disguised as a pilgrim, and carrying under his robe a hunting horn, which he promised to sound should he at any time find himself in danger.

Shape-ups were held in the predawn down by the Vineland courthouse, shadowy brown buses idling in the dark, work and wages posted silently in the windows some mornings Zoyd had gone down, climbed on, ridden out with other newcomers, all cherry to the labor market up here, former artists or spiritual pilgrims now becoming choker setters, waiters and waitresses, baggers and checkout clerks, tree workers, truckdrivers, and framers, or taking temporary swamping jobs like this, all in the service of others, the ones who did the building, selling, buying and speculating.

Stories of the Baptist, brought back by pilgrims to his vale, had stirred John from the outset.

He looked longingly again at the Baptist who had now taken a step in the direction of the Pilgrim, as if he, too, wished to follow after him.

Am I expected to believe that preposterous business of Breastless Pilgrims and Tragic Views?

And thus, that being so, burdened and bowed down to the earth as our pilgrim was, he was on the sure way, sooner or later, to deliverance.

Lourdusamy -- then a young, minor functionary in the Vatican diplomatic machine -- with guiding the anguished and pain-ridden ex-Hyperion pilgrim, Father Lenar Hoyt, to finding the secret that tamed the cruciform to an instrument of resurrection.