Pil"grim (?), n. [OE. pilgrim, pelgrim, pilegrim, pelegrim; cf. D. pelgrim, OHG. piligrim, G. pilger, F. pelerin, 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.

 

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Pil"grim, a.

Of or pertaining to a pilgrim, or pilgrims; making pilgrimages.

"With pilgrim steps."

Milton.

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.

 

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Pil"grim, v. i.

To journey; to wander; to ramble.

[R.]

Grew. Carlyle.

 

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