What is Pilgrim?

  • (noun): Some one who journeys to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion.
    See also — Additional definitions below


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 journeying (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.

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More definitions of "Pilgrim":

  • (noun): Someone who journeys in foreign lands.
  • (noun): One of the colonists from England who sailed to America on the Mayflower and founded the colony of Plymouth in New England in 1620.
    Synonyms: Pilgrim Father

Famous quotes containing the word pilgrim:

    Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West,
    From North and from South, come the pilgrim and guest,
    When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board
    The old broken links of affection restored,
    When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
    And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
    What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye?
    What calls back the past, like the rich Pumpkin pie?
    John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

    A pilgrim I on earth perplext,
    with sinns, with cares and sorrows vext,
    By age and paines brought to decay,
    and my Clay house mouldring away,
    Oh how I long to be at rest
    and soare on high among the blest!
    Anne Bradstreet (c. 1612–1672)

    The Museum is not meant either for the wanderer to see by accident or for the pilgrim to see with awe. It is meant for the mere slave of a routine of self-education to stuff himself with every sort of incongruous intellectual food in one indigestible meal.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936)