Definition of pilgrimage in English:



  • 1A pilgrim's journey.

    • ‘It is a clear order that the pilgrimage and the Umrah should be done exactly in the manner he did or approved.’
    • ‘This year the pilgrims were able to walk the pilgrimage.’
    • ‘Bretons are also noted for their pilgrimages.’
    • ‘People making a pilgrimage are expected to sacrifice a goat or sheep and offer the meat to the poor.’
    • ‘The Hajj is a real pilgrimage - a journey, with rites and rituals to be done along the way.’
    • ‘I'd remind them that this is a pilgrimage and a pilgrimage does mean some walking.’
    • ‘Cutting short his pilgrimage, he immediately left for Tamil Nadu to live the life of a singing saint.’
    • ‘The Feast of the Sacrifice comes at the end of the Hajj - the pilgrimage to Mecca - and signals the end of the Islamic year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It also has a religious pilgrimage on March 16 to bless the waters of Lake Masaya.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The discussion of prayer and pilgrimages, fasting and forgiveness, is both insightful and enticing.’
    • ‘The participation of these Gentiles in the pilgrimage to Jerusalem with the offering for the poor symbolized their share in this righteous activity.’
    • ‘Luke reports that Jesus accepted invitations to many parties in the Galilee and on his pilgrimage to Jerusalem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you were going on a pilgrimage tour, where would you go?’
    • ‘There we offered prayers for a successful pilgrimage and got our rudraksha rosaries sanctified by the priest.’
    • ‘Three times a year - on Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot - we made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.’
    religious journey, holy expedition, crusade, mission, trip, journey, excursion
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    1. 1.1 A journey to a place associated with someone or something well known or respected.
      ‘making a pilgrimage to the famous racing circuit’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The annual pilgrimage to Our Lady's Island in Wexford takes place this Thursday.’
      • ‘Junichiro Koizumi's annual pilgrimages have prompted protests and punch-ups.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For more than three decades, he made annual pilgrimages, often with hunting and fishing buddies, to rural Hi Hium Lake, B.C.’
      • ‘A very large number of pilgrims will travel to Lourdes Shrine with the annual pilgrimage on May 17.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘Good luck and safe journey to those heading across the water for the annual pilgrimage to London.’
      • ‘At least 125,000 Hindu pilgrims are making the annual pilgrimage.’
      • ‘It is expected that up to 40 helpers will travel with the pilgrimage and anyone interested should give their name immediately.’
      • ‘The annual pilgrimage will take place at the end of September 2003.’
      • ‘A full bus load of Clonaslee people will be travelling to Lourdes next week for the annual pilgrimage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He spoke of an annual pilgrimage which lasts for 10 days each June.’
      • ‘This week Muslims celebrated Eid, the festival which marks the end of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.’
      • ‘They often did this by banning the annual pilgrimages altogether.’
    2. 1.2literary Life viewed as a journey.
      ‘life's pilgrimage’
      • ‘They are guests in Hotel Peru, yet another lodge they have found in their diasporic pilgrimage.’
      • ‘His body will reflect perfectly what has been accomplished in him during his pilgrimage on the earth.’
      • ‘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.’


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

    • ‘After concluding his studies, he pilgrimaged to various religious centers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fly-fishers and kayakers pilgrimage to the Nantahala, Ocoee, and Chattooga Rivers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A seven days pilgrimage to Medjugorje commence on Sunday, April 25.’
    • ‘Devotees hold that any incurable disease will be cured and any desire will be fulfilled by pilgrimaging to this temple.’
    • ‘This years pilgrimage to Lourdes will be from 23rd to 28th August.’
    • ‘The parish of Backs pilgrimage to San Giovanni, Rome and Assisi takes place from June 6th to June 13 th.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suddenly that pilgrimage to Celtic Park doesn't sound quite so impossibly self-indulgent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was leading the special needs pilgrimage tour to Lourdes at Easter.’
    • ‘A week's pilgrimage to Medugorje will take place from Knock on May 17.’
    • ‘Over the years, Gurudeva's devotees have pilgrimaged to India, visiting major temples such as Chidambaram, Rameshvaram and Palani Hills.’
    • ‘Kevin Perrotta writes about the Bible and leads pilgrimages to the Middle East.’
    • ‘Next year's pilgrimage to Lourdes has been booked from July 21 to July 26.’
    • ‘And she recalls the summer pilgrimages they used to make to Tatem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One day we may even have Hindus from India pilgrimaging to the West!’


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