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.

(Pil"grim), v. i. To journey; to wander; to ramble. [R.] Grew. Carlyle.

(Pil"grim*age) n. [OE. pilgrimage, pelgrinage; cf. F. pèlerinage.]

1. The journey of a pilgrim; a long journey; especially, a journey to a shrine or other sacred place. Fig., the journey of human life. Shak.

The days of the years of my pilgrimage.
Gen. xlvii. 9.

2. A tedious and wearisome time.

In prison hast thou spent a pilgrimage.

Syn. — Journey; tour; excursion. See Journey.

(Pile"wort`) n. (Bot.) A plant (Ranunculus Ficaria of Linnæus) whose tuberous roots have been used in poultices as a specific for the piles. Forsyth.

(Pil"fer) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pilfered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pilfering.] [OF. pelfrer. See Pelf.] To steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; to practice petty theft.

(Pil"fer), v. t. To take by petty theft; to filch; to steal little by little.

And not a year but pilfers as he goes
Some youthful grace that age would gladly keep.

(Pil"fer*er) n. One who pilfers; a petty thief.

(Pil"fer*ing), a. Thieving in a small way. Shak.n. Petty theft.Pil"fer*ing*ly, adv.

(Pil"fer*y) n. Petty theft. [R.] Sir T. North.

(Pil*gar"lic) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] One who has lost his hair by disease; a sneaking fellow, or one who is hardly used.

(Pil"grim) n. [OE. pilgrim, pelgrim, pilegrim, pelegrim; cf. D. pelgrim, OHG. piligrim, 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.]

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.

(Pil"grim), a. Of or pertaining to a pilgrim, or pilgrims; making pilgrimages. "With pilgrim steps." Milton.

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