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pilgrim


pil·grim  (plgrm)
n.
1. A religious devotee who journeys to a shrine or sacred place.
2. One who embarks on a quest for something conceived of as sacred.
3. A traveler.
4. Pilgrim One of the English Separatists who founded the colony of Plymouth in New England in 1620.

[Middle English, from Old French peligrin, from Late Latin pelegrnus, alteration of Latin peregrnus, foreigner; see peregrine.]


pilgrim  /plgrm/  n. a person who travels a long way to visit a holy place: Pilgrims often travel together for comfort and support when faced with difficulties. -n. [C] pilgrimage /plgrmd/.

Usage Note: In 1620, a group of English settlers established Plimoth Colony (now spelled Plymouth) in Massachusetts. These people are often referred to as the Pilgrims (with a capital P). The Thanksgiving holiday in the USA celebrates a 1621 harvest feast that the Pilgrims shared with Native Americans of the Massachusetts coast. pilgrim

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