Pilgrim

Definitions

  • How you used to play Pilgrim's Progress
    How you used to play Pilgrim's Progress
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pilgrim someone who journeys in foreign lands
    • n pilgrim someone who journeys to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion
    • n Pilgrim one of the colonists from England who sailed to America on the Mayflower and founded the colony of Plymouth in New England in 1620
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Pilgrims in England and Holland The Pilgrims in England and Holland
The Pilgrim Settlement The Pilgrim Settlement
A Group of Pilgrim Relics A Group of Pilgrim Relics
Pilgrims Returning from Church Pilgrims Returning from Church
THE EMBARKATION OF THE PILGRIMS FROM DELFTSHAVEN THE EMBARKATION OF THE PILGRIMS FROM DELFTSHAVEN
THE LANDING OF THE PILGRIMS THE LANDING OF THE PILGRIMS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pilgrims did not eat with forks. They only used spoons, knives and their fingers
    • Pilgrim A wayfarer; a wanderer; a traveler; a stranger. "Strangers and pilgrims on the earth."
    • a Pilgrim Of or pertaining to a pilgrim, or pilgrims; making pilgrimages. "With pilgrim steps."
    • Pilgrim 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.
    • v. i Pilgrim To journey; to wander; to ramble.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pilgrims did not eat potatoes for Thanksgiving as they thought they were poisonous
    • n pilgrim A traveler; specifically, one who journeys to some place esteemed sacred, either as a penance, or in order to discharge some vow or religious obligation, or to obtain some spiritual or miraculous benefit; hence, a wanderer; a sojourner in a foreign land. The custom of pilgrimages has prevailed especially in India, among Mohammedan peoples, and among Christians in the middle ages. Frequented places of Christian pilgrimage have been (besides Jerusalem and the Holy Land) Rome, Canterbury, Compostela in Spain, Einsiedeln in Switzerland, and in modern times Lourdes in France.
    • n pilgrim In American history, specifically, one of the English separatists who sailed from Delfthaven (in the Netherlands) in the “Mayflower,” touching at Southampton, England, and founded the colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts, at the end of 1620.
    • n pilgrim A new-comer, whether a person or an animal; a “tenderfoot.”
    • n pilgrim A curtain or screen of silk hanging from the back of a woman's bonnet to protect the neck, worn in the latter part of the eighteenth century.
    • n pilgrim In modern times, a carved pearl shell such as are brought by travelers from the Holy Land.
    • n pilgrim In heraldry, same as bourdon.
    • pilgrim Of, pertaining to, used by, or characteristic of a pilgrim, or one who travels to a sacred place in performance of some religious duty; wandering as a pilgrim; consisting of pilgrims.
    • pilgrim To journey or travel as a pilgrim; undertake or accomplish a pilgrimage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Apple pie was brought to England from France sometime around 1066 by William the Conqueror. It made it to America when the Pilgrims arrived.
    • n Pilgrim pil′grim one who travels to a distance to visit a sacred place: a wanderer: a traveller: a silk screen formerly attached to the back of a woman's bonnet to protect the neck:
    • adj Pilgrim of or pertaining to a pilgrim: like a pilgrim: consisting of pilgrims
    • n Pilgrim pil′grim (slang) a new-comer
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Quotations

  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
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    “At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.”
  • James Russell Lowell
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    “They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.”
  • John Dryden
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    “Like pilgrims to the appointed place we tend; The world's an inn, and death the journey's end.”
  • Nelson Demille
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    “We're all pilgrims on the same journey-but some pilgrims have better road maps.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “I am as comfortless as a pilgrim with peas in his shoes -- and as cold as Charity, Chastity or any other Virtue.”
  • American Saying
    American Saying
    “The Pilgrim Fathers landed on the shores of America and fell on their knees; then they fell upon the aborigines.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pilgrim, pelgrim, pilegrim, pelegrim,; cf. D. pelgrim, OHG. piligrīm, G. pilger, F. pèlerin, It. pellegrino,; all fr. L. peregrinus, a foreigner, fr. pereger, abroad; per, through + ager, land, field. See Per-, and Acre, and cf. Pelerine Peregrine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pelegrin (Fr. pèlerin)—L. peregrinus, foreigner, stranger—pereger, a traveller—per, through, ager, land.

Usage

In literature:

At eleven o'clock Pilgrim was laden.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
Hither come the Mohammedan pilgrims by thousands, for the sake of Mohammed.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
I've done nothing," Granger exclaimed, pushing him aside; "Robert Pilgrim is mistaken.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
Wednesday morning came, and with increasing fervor the Pilgrims, in their morning prayer, implored God to guide them.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Twice just as Denny had rocked him he now jolted his own right over to The Pilgrim's face.
"Once to Every Man" by Larry Evans
Where the pilgrims with their prayers?
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
The "Woburn Abbey Marbles" have long been a Mecca for sculpture-loving pilgrims from both sides of the ocean.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
I mentioned the idea to Pilgrim, of the Prince's Theatre, and he's fearfully stuck on it.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
The Pilgrim falls into the hands of Giant Despair because he has himself first strayed into Byepath Meadow.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
The Pilgrim's soul hungers and thirsts for her.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
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In poetry:

To other climes the pilgrim fled,
But could not fly despair,
He sought his home again, but peace
Was still a stranger there.
"Lord William" by Robert Southey
"True pilgrims we, by land or sea,
Where danger bars the way;
And therefore are we here, Lord King,
To ride with thee this day!"
"The Heart Of The Bruce" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
And these were they who gave us birth,
The Pilgrims of the sunset wave,
Who won for us this virgin earth,
And freedom with the soil they gave.
"Robinson Of Leyden" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I seem to see the old tree stand,
Its sturdy, giant form
A spectacle remembered, and
A pilgrim-shrine for all the land
Before it met the storm.
"The Charter Oak" by Hattie Howard
So speaking, through the twilight gray
The two old pilgrims went their way.
What seeds of life that day were sown,
The heavenly watchers knew alone.
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Now, Christ thee save!" said the Gray Brother;
"Some pilgrim thou seemest to be."
But in sore amaze did Lord Albert gaze,
Nor answer again made he.
"The Gray Brother" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

At least seven Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims from Iran and.
Crystal, Steven's, Mt Baker Open Pilgrim's.
Hello, pilgrim Nov 21, 2012.
Have you ever wondered why the Native-Americans (Indians) helped make possible the Pilgrims' celebration of their first Thanksgiving in 1621.
The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
Ertharin Cousin , executive director of the U.N.'s World Food Program, at the New Mount Pilgrim Church on Thanksgiving.
Pilgrim 5K Run/Walk and Children's Dash .
Even what we think of as the dishes consumed by the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving feast is pretty much false.
Was aglow with huge light displays, as thousands of pilgrims gathered outside the Church of the Nativity.
Let's decorate with turkeys, pilgrims first.
Most of the victims were among thousands of Shiite pilgrims traveling to Kadhimiya.
WXIN-TV Fox59 news anchor and reporter Eva Pilgrim is leaving the local station for a similar position at the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia.
Separating fact from fiction on the details of the first Thanksgiving Day feast with the Pilgrims and Indians is difficult at best.
Finding royals and pilgrims and a guy named Strongbow in her lineage was thrilling.
(AP) — Five decades after his death, William Faulkner still draws literary pilgrims to his Mississippi hometown, the "little postage stamp of native soil" he made famous through his novels.
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In science:

Pilgrim, Subdivision rules and virtual endomorphisms, Geom.
Groups defined by automata
The authors thank Xander Faber, Patrick Ingram, and Kevin Pilgrim for helpful conversations.
A census of quadratic post-critically finite rational maps defined over Q
Critical orbits and attracting cycles in p-adic dynamics. arXiv:1201.1605v1. Eva Brezin, Rosemary Byrne, Joshua Levy, Kevin Pilgrim, and Kelly Plummer. A census of rational maps.
A census of quadratic post-critically finite rational maps defined over Q
Kulldorff, M. (1999), “Spatial scan statistics: models, calculations, and applications,” Scan statistics and applications, 303–322. — (2010), “SaTScan-Software for the spatial, temporal, and spacetime scan statistics,” Boston: Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
Spatial Multiresolution Cluster Detection Method
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