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Pilgrim's staff

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pilgrim's staff a long staff which pilgrims carried as a sort of badge
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pelegrin (Fr. pèlerin)—L. peregrinus, foreigner, stranger—pereger, a traveller—per, through, ager, land.

Usage

In literature:

Using this as my pilgrim's staff, I crossed the bridge.
"Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four." by William H. Elson
Putting off his armor, he dressed himself once more in his pilgrim's robe, and with his staff in his hand set out again upon his journey.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
He walked, and carried a wallet on his back, and a long pilgrim's staff in his hand.
"King Alfred of England" by Jacob Abbott
At the same moment the sand on the bank crackled, and a tall man, in a long brown cloak, and carrying a pilgrim's staff, came forward.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
Behind him follow his disciples, each with the pilgrim's staff.
"The Story of the Innumerable Company, and Other Sketches" by David Starr Jordan
Just as this proclamation was being made in the streets of Thebes Oedipus, with his pilgrim's staff in his hand, entered the city.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
He provided himself also with a pilgrim's staff and a gourd to drink from.
"The Autobiography of St. Ignatius" by Saint Ignatius Loyola
Luckily, the next day he found a friend in a town the other side of the mountains, who gave him a pilgrim's cloak, a pair of shoes, and a staff.
"Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light" by Vera C. Barclay
The stiff sausage-peg was to be to them as a pilgrim's staff.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
When the tinker woke the next morning the basket stood just inside the stable door, linked through the pilgrim's staff.
"Seven Miles to Arden" by Ruth Sawyer
Elmer Allen had been leaning on his pilgrim's staff, as though weary with this whole matter.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
On the 21st of May, 1856, she once more took up her pilgrim's staff.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
The wallet is a very fit accompaniment for the pilgrim's staff.
"Notes and Queries, Number 239, May 27, 1854" by Various
The disciples of St. James laid his corpse in a cart, together with the executioner's axe and the pilgrim's staff.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
In the one hand he carried a small bundle, and in the other a pilgrim's staff.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
She was equipped as though for a long journey, and had a pilgrim's staff.
"Tales From the 'Phantasus', etc. of Ludwig Tieck" by Ludwig Tieck
Yarde had yard-wands; Bordoun a burdon or pilgrim's staff.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various
In history we may go back to the pilgrim's staff, which was four feet long, and hollow at the top to carry away relics from the Holy Land.
"The Doctor in History, Literature, Folk-Lore, Etc." by Various
Then he clothed himself in rags and took a pilgrim's staff, to go forth alone upon his wanderings.
"Children of the Dawn" by Elsie Finnimore Buckley
Then rise up, lay hold of your pilgrim's staff, and take up life with a will.
"Moth and Rust" by Mary Cholmondeley
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In poetry:

Arthur resumed the pilgrim's staff;
They held their lonely way
Dim through the forest's darksome bourne,
Till near the dawning day.
"A Tale" by John Logan