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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a place of pilgrimage (=one that people visit because it is special, usually for a religious reason)
▪ Her grave became a place of pilgrimage.
▪ Anne Donnelly, our pilgrimage organiser, first walked to Walsingham in 1953 and celebrated her fortieth annual pilgrimage this year.
▪ And by then it will be time for the annual pilgrimage upstate.
▪ I met a man here once who had made an annual pilgrimage to this spot for forty years.
▪ Such pilgrimage churches tended to follow similar architectural patterns due to their similar needs.
▪ There is a lovely pilgrimage church of the early seventeenth century and a handsome cloister.
▪ The typical pilgrimage church has a long, aisled and galleried nave, wide transepts and a large sanctuary.
▪ Apart from pilgrimage churches, most examples follow certain general lines.
▪ This is a large, pilgrimage church, also reminiscent of S. Mark's in Venice.
▪ No doubt his motives for going on the pilgrimage were varied.
▪ Amin feels secure enough to go on pilgrimage to Mecca.
▪ I have made places of pilgrimage. and cared for their pilgrims.
▪ Today, Dominique Sennelier, third-generation director of the prestigious company, makes a pilgrimage to Tucson.
▪ He then made the pilgrimage to Paris in 1836/7, having renounced medicine as a career.
▪ He also found time to make the pilgrimage to Compostela.
▪ I met a man here once who had made an annual pilgrimage to this spot for forty years.
▪ Many fans continued making a pilgrimage to Earnhardt's company headquarters in Mooresville.
▪ a pilgrimage to Graceland, Elvis' home
▪ a pilgrimage to Mecca
▪ In March, the Lowes made their annual pilgrimage to the Rockies.
▪ Each arises in a special way in the pilgrimage toward a united church.
▪ I am walking the river from mouth to source, ending my journey at Amarkantak-only half the pilgrimage.
▪ I made two more visits to Knowlton, and it has now become a focus for my own particular pilgrimage.
▪ It was a pilgrimage I had had to make, and I was glad I had made it.
▪ It was sort of a pilgrimage.
▪ On his recovery he made a pilgrimage to the shrine of Rocamadour in the Quercy.
▪ They set out for a pilgrimage to Rome.
▪ Today, Dominique Sennelier, third-generation director of the prestigious company, makes a pilgrimage to Tucson.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pilgrimage \Pil"grim*age\, n. [OE. pilgrimage, pelgrinage; cf. F. p[`e]lerinage.]

  1. The journey of a pilgrim; a long journey; especially, a journey to a shrine or other sacred place. Fig., the journey of human life.

    The days of the years of my pilgrimage.
    --Gen. xlvii. 9.

  2. A tedious and wearisome time.

    In prison hast thou spent a pilgrimage.

    Syn: Journey; tour; excursion. See Journey.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., pelrimage; from pilgrim + -age and also from Old French pelrimage, pelerinage "pilgrimage, distant journey, crusade," from peleriner "to go on a pilgrimage." Modern spelling from early 14c.


n. 1 A journey made to a sacred place, or a religious journey. 2 (context by extension English) A visit to any site revered or associated with a meaningful event. vb. To go on a pilgrimage.


n. a journey to a sacred place [syn: pilgrim's journey]

Pilgrimage (demo party)

Pilgrimage was a demoparty which took place annually in Salt Lake City, Utah each summer between 2003 and 2006. The event was founded by Rich "Legalize" Thompson of the demoscene group Polygony. Pilgrimage was, at the time, the only active demoscene event of its kind in all of North America (succeeding events such as NAID), while many demoparties take place annually throughout Europe.

Pilgrimage (book)

Pilgrimage is a book by Savitri Devi. It is a personal account of her pilgrimage to various National Socialist "holy sites" in 1953.

It was published in Calcutta in 1958.

The book is dedicated "To the German People" and opens with quotations from the Bhagawad Gita.

Pilgrimage (Wishbone Ash album)

Pilgrimage is the second studio album by the rock band Wishbone Ash. The album focuses more on folk and acoustic music as opposed to the blues rock sound that dominated the first album. The album also contains an instrumental jazz workout ("Vas Dis") and a four-part harmony vocal track in the spirit of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young ("Valediction").

The album sold well, reaching no.14 in the UK charts, but the band would reach their creative and commercial peak with their next studio release, Argus.

Pilgrimage (Om album)

Pilgrimage is the third studio album by the band Om. It is the band's first release for the Southern Lord label. It was recorded at Electrical Audio by Steve Albini. It is the final studio album to feature Chris Hakius on drums.

Pilgrimage (1933 film)

Pilgrimage is a 1933 American Pre-Code drama film directed by John Ford.


A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person's beliefs and faith, although sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey into someone's own beliefs. Many religions attach spiritual importance to particular places: the place of birth or death of founders or saints, or to the place of their "calling" or spiritual awakening, or of their connection (visual or verbal) with the divine, to locations where miracles were performed or witnessed, or locations where a deity is said to live or be "housed," or any site that is seen to have special spiritual powers. Such sites may be commemorated with shrines or temples that devotees are encouraged to visit for their own spiritual benefit: to be healed or have questions answered or to achieve some other spiritual benefit. A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim. As a common human experience, pilgrimage has been proposed as a Jungian archetype by Wallace Clift and Jean Dalby Clift.

The Holy Land acts as a focal point for the pilgrimages of the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. According to a Stockholm University study in 2011, these pilgrims visit the Holy Land to touch and see physical manifestations of their faith, confirm their beliefs in the holy context with collective excitation, and connect personally to the Holy Land.

Pilgrimage (disambiguation)

A pilgrimage, in religion and spirituality, is a long journey or search of great moral significance.

Pilgrimage may also refer to:

In film:

  • Pilgrimage (1933 film), a 1933 film by John Ford
  • Pilgrimage (2001 film), a 2001 film by Werner Herzog

In literature:

  • Pilgrimage (book), a book by Savitri Devi
  • The Pilgrimage (O Diário de Um Mago), a novel by Paulo Coelho
  • Al-Hajj (“The Pilgrimage”), the twenty-second sura of the Qur'an
  • Pilgrimage (novel sequence), a sequence of novels by Dorothy Richardson
  • Pilgrimage (Peregrinação), an autobiography by Fernão Mendes Pinto
  • Pilgrimage: The Book of the People, a novel by Zenna Henderson

In music:

  • Pilgrimage (Larry Gatlin album)
  • Pilgrimage (Michael Brecker album)
  • Pilgrimage (Om album)
  • Pilgrimage (Wishbone Ash album)
  • Pilgrimage, a solo cantata composed by Carlisle Floyd
  • “Pilgrimage”, a song by Conjure One from Extraordinary Ways
  • “Pilgrimage”, a song by Nine Inch Nails from The Fragile
  • “Pilgrimage”, a song by R.E.M. from Murmur
  • “Pilgrimage”, a song by Suzanne Vega from Days of Open Hand

In other media:

  • Pilgrimage (demo party), an annual demoscene party in Salt Lake City, Utah
Pilgrimage (2001 film)

Pilgrimage is a 2001 documentary film by Werner Herzog. Accompanied only by music the film alternates between shots of pilgrims near the tomb of Saint Sergei in Sergiyev Posad, Russia and pilgrims at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico. The score was composed by John Tavener and performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with vocal accompaniment by Parvin Cox and the Westminster Cathedral Choir. The film begins with a supposed quote by Thomas à Kempis, invented by Herzog.

Pilgrimage (Michael Brecker album)

Pilgrimage is the final studio album, released in 2007, by the American jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker. In 2005, Brecker was diagnosed with myelogenous leukemia, and at the time of the recording he was already gravely ill. He recorded Pilgrimage with the knowledge that it would most likely be his last album; he died in January 2007. The album's personnel consists of Brecker, John Patitucci, Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, and Brad Mehldau.

Pilgrimage (horse)

Pilgrimage (1875–1897) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. As a two-year-old she was only defeated once and won the Dewhurst Plate. She only raced three times as a three-year-old, winning the 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas, before finishing as the runner-up in the Oaks Stakes. After retiring from racing she became a successful broodmare, foaling Oaks winner Canterbury Pilgrim and Derby winner Jeddah.

Pilgrimage (2015 film)

Pilgrimage is an upcoming Irish medieval thriller film.

Usage examples of "pilgrimage".

As he had already performed the pilgrimage to Rome, he knew every person in Ancona devoted to the cult of Saint-Francis, and was acquainted with the superiors of all the rich convents.

Aye as I went, that maiden who had reared The torch of Truth afar, of whose high deeds The Hermit in his pilgrimage had heard, Haunted my thoughts.

He left his home in Tangier in 1325 aiming, in the first instance, to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

But one thing is clear: atman seeks to realize Brahman, to be united with the Absolute, and it travels in this life on a pilgrimage where it is born and dies, and is born again and dies again, and again, and again, until it manages to shed the sheaths that imprison it here below.

Though, logically, my pilgrimage had ended with the unexpected discovery of Sylvia Joy, yet there were two famous feminine types of which, seeing that I was in Paris, I thought I might as well make brief studies, before I returned to London and finally resumed the bachelorhood from which I had started.

I wished to make a pilgrimage to Vaucluse and begged the landlord to procure me a good guide, and after I had dressed I went to the theatre.

As I seemed to come upon Casanova at home, it was as if I came upon old friend, already perfectly known to me, before I had made my pilgrimage to Dux.

My journey toward understanding would become more of a diabetic than a religious pilgrimage.

Then when the rumor began to circulate that the devious Angelaknown by then, country wide, as the Roman Tart was hard at work persuading her loving, well-cuckolded royal spouse to go on pilgrimage to Rome, there to give over his kingdom to the Holy See, then receive it back as a feoff from the papacy, matters really began to boil.

It was expected of every member of our order that at least once during his lifetime he should make a pilgrimage to a certain monastery in Tibet, there to perform mystic rites in a secret sanctuary, where a sacred stone of immemorable antiquity was kept.

I most longed for at the end of the long pilgrimage I must take some day, and so as the time had elapsed which Dejah Thoris had hoped might bring you once more to her side, for she has always tried to believe that you had but temporarily returned to your own planet, I at last gave way to my great yearning and a month since I started upon the journey, the end of which you have this day witnessed.

No thought of danger entered the heart of Atma as he went out from the presence of the Maharanee to enter upon an enterprise which was to be in its course and issue as unlike the anticipations of his ardent heart as is the solemn pilgrimage of life unknown to the dreams of childhood.

The pity of Allah for a daughter who is weak will permit the blessing of this marabout, who has inherited the inestimable gift of Baraka, to be the same to me, body and soul, as the pilgrimage to Mecca which is beyond the power of my flesh.

Poor Fred, sufficient to inspire pilgrimages to these hinterlands by culture mavens from all over the 2 GENEROUS DEATH world.

Cnaiur explained the way the memorialists recited verses dedicated to each of the Nansur Columns, stories that described their devices, their arms, and their mettle in battle so that when the Tribes went on pilgrimage or to war, they could read the Nansur battle line.