Definition of pilgrimage in English:



  • 1A pilgrim's journey.

    ‘he wanted to go on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela’
    mass noun ‘a place of pilgrimage’
    • ‘Cutting short his pilgrimage, he immediately left for Tamil Nadu to live the life of a singing saint.’
    • ‘The participation of these Gentiles in the pilgrimage to Jerusalem with the offering for the poor symbolized their share in this righteous activity.’
    • ‘The Feast of the Sacrifice comes at the end of the Hajj - the pilgrimage to Mecca - and signals the end of the Islamic year.’
    • ‘A pilgrimage to Medina is often made in conjunction with the pilgrimage to Mecca in order to visit the tombs and shrines of Muhammad, his family, and the first three caliphs.’
    • ‘Any crusader could claim to be going on a pilgrimage for God - pilgrims did not have to pay tax and they were protected by the Church.’
    • ‘If a person does not have the financial means, then that person is not required to do the pilgrimage or the Umrah.’
    • ‘There we offered prayers for a successful pilgrimage and got our rudraksha rosaries sanctified by the priest.’
    • ‘It also has a religious pilgrimage on March 16 to bless the waters of Lake Masaya.’
    • ‘The fifth Pillar is the Hajj, the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, in present-day Saudi Arabia, which every Muslim must make at some time in his or her life.’
    • ‘The discussion of prayer and pilgrimages, fasting and forgiveness, is both insightful and enticing.’
    • ‘Luke reports that Jesus accepted invitations to many parties in the Galilee and on his pilgrimage to Jerusalem.’
    • ‘If you were going on a pilgrimage tour, where would you go?’
    • ‘I'd remind them that this is a pilgrimage and a pilgrimage does mean some walking.’
    • ‘The Hajj is a real pilgrimage - a journey, with rites and rituals to be done along the way.’
    • ‘Three times a year - on Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot - we made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.’
    • ‘Bretons are also noted for their pilgrimages.’
    • ‘It is a clear order that the pilgrimage and the Umrah should be done exactly in the manner he did or approved.’
    • ‘Like all religious pilgrimages, the Goddess pilgrimage is made for the purpose of devotion, but it is also at some level a feminist liberatory project and protest.’
    • ‘People making a pilgrimage are expected to sacrifice a goat or sheep and offer the meat to the poor.’
    • ‘This year the pilgrims were able to walk the pilgrimage.’
    religious journey, holy expedition, crusade, mission, trip, journey, excursion
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    1. 1.1 A journey to a place of particular interest or significance.
      ‘his passion was opera and he made annual pilgrimages to Bayreuth’
      • ‘A full bus load of Clonaslee people will be travelling to Lourdes next week for the annual pilgrimage.’
      • ‘It is expected that up to 40 helpers will travel with the pilgrimage and anyone interested should give their name immediately.’
      • ‘This week Muslims celebrated Eid, the festival which marks the end of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.’
      • ‘The annual pilgrimage will take place at the end of September 2003.’
      • ‘Pilgrim Travel was, in its own words, founded to ‘provide a unique personal service to leaders and pilgrims travelling on pilgrimages and sharing holidays to places of Christian interest’.’
      • ‘He spoke of an annual pilgrimage which lasts for 10 days each June.’
      • ‘The annual pilgrimage to Our Lady's Island in Wexford takes place this Thursday.’
      • ‘It was the worst disaster at the annual pilgrimage, or Hajj, since 1997, when 340 pilgrims died in a fire at the overcrowded Mina tent camp.’
      • ‘The annual pilgrimage to Knock for the residents of Aras Attracta organised by the Friends of Aras Attracta will be held today, Tuesday, June 7.’
      • ‘Junichiro Koizumi's annual pilgrimages have prompted protests and punch-ups.’
      • ‘They often did this by banning the annual pilgrimages altogether.’
      • ‘For more than three decades, he made annual pilgrimages, often with hunting and fishing buddies, to rural Hi Hium Lake, B.C.’
      • ‘Bernadette is one of the society's 1,000 world-wide members and has attended the annual summer pilgrimages to the famous fell.’
      • ‘The annual pilgrimage to Medjugorje will take place the second week in June.’
      • ‘A very large number of pilgrims will travel to Lourdes Shrine with the annual pilgrimage on May 17.’
      • ‘At least 125,000 Hindu pilgrims are making the annual pilgrimage.’
      • ‘Good luck and safe journey to those heading across the water for the annual pilgrimage to London.’
    2. 1.2literary Life viewed as a journey.
      ‘now is the thirty-first year of my dark pilgrimage on this earth’
      • ‘They are guests in Hotel Peru, yet another lodge they have found in their diasporic pilgrimage.’
      • ‘Startled out of his own inward pilgrimage, Armand looked into the dark eyes before him and saw there something of his own train of thought at that moment - a journey back into time.’
      • ‘His body will reflect perfectly what has been accomplished in him during his pilgrimage on the earth.’


  • no object, with adverbial of direction Go on a pilgrimage.

    ‘thousands pilgrimage there every year’
    • ‘The parish of Backs pilgrimage to San Giovanni, Rome and Assisi takes place from June 6th to June 13 th.’
    • ‘Mr Rendle, 76, has lived Marlborough in Kingsbury Street for 30 years but still makes pilgrimages back to the spot in Torquay where seven of his Home Guard buddies died.’
    • ‘Over the years, Gurudeva's devotees have pilgrimaged to India, visiting major temples such as Chidambaram, Rameshvaram and Palani Hills.’
    • ‘They've come with their own troubles to allay, with terrible sadnesses, with guilt, with fear and with hope, often at the end of their lives, on pilgrimages they have promised themselves and saved for over years.’
    • ‘Experts in press, bindery and photography/prepress skills all pilgrimaged to the two-story building to offer their knowledge to the eager young apprentices in robes.’
    • ‘Suddenly that pilgrimage to Celtic Park doesn't sound quite so impossibly self-indulgent.’
    • ‘This year a record number pilgrimaged to the temple, one of the famed Jyotir Lingam Siva temples of India, located 150 miles northwest of Kolkata in the newly created state of Jharkhand.’
    • ‘One day we may even have Hindus from India pilgrimaging to the West!’
    • ‘He was leading the special needs pilgrimage tour to Lourdes at Easter.’
    • ‘It still permits pilgrimages to a spring where Tuvinians pitch tents, honor Buddha, and conduct a multiweek healing ritual in the high reaches of the reserve.’
    • ‘Devotees hold that any incurable disease will be cured and any desire will be fulfilled by pilgrimaging to this temple.’
    • ‘Fly-fishers and kayakers pilgrimage to the Nantahala, Ocoee, and Chattooga Rivers.’
    • ‘And she recalls the summer pilgrimages they used to make to Tatem.’
    • ‘A seven days pilgrimage to Medjugorje commence on Sunday, April 25.’
    • ‘This years pilgrimage to Lourdes will be from 23rd to 28th August.’
    • ‘Next year's pilgrimage to Lourdes has been booked from July 21 to July 26.’
    • ‘Kevin Perrotta writes about the Bible and leads pilgrimages to the Middle East.’
    • ‘Jews, who traditionally made three pilgrimages a year to Jerusalem, would immerse themselves in the Siloam Pool before heading down the stone pathway to the Temple.’
    • ‘After concluding his studies, he pilgrimaged to various religious centers.’
    • ‘A week's pilgrimage to Medugorje will take place from Knock on May 17.’


Middle English: from Provençal pelegrinage, from pelegrin (see pilgrim).