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4 definitions found
 for Holy Grail
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grail \Grail\, n. [OF. graal, greal, greet, F. graal, gr['e]al,
     LL. gradalis, gradale, prob. derived fr. L. crater bowl,
     mixing vessel, Gr. krath`r. See Crater.]
     A broad, open dish; a chalice; -- only used of the Holy
     Grail.
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     Note: The Holy Grail, according to some legends of the Middle
           Ages, was the cup used by our Savior in dispensing the
           wine at the last supper; and according to others, the
           platter on which the paschal lamb was served at the
           last Passover observed by our Lord. This cup, according
           to the legend, if appoached by any but a perfectly pure
           and holy person, would be borne away and vanish from
           the sight. The quest of the Holy Grail was to be
           undertaken only by a knight who was perfectly chaste in
           thought, word, and act.
           [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Holy \Ho"ly\, a. [Compar. Holier; superl. Holiest.] [OE.
     holi, hali, AS. h[=a]lig, fr. h[ae]l health, salvation,
     happiness, fr. h[=a]l whole, well; akin to OS. h?lag, D. & G.
     heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr.
     See Whole, and cf. Halibut, Halidom, Hallow,
     Hollyhock.]
     1. Set apart to the service or worship of God; hallowed;
        sacred; reserved from profane or common use; holy vessels;
        a holy priesthood. "Holy rites and solemn feasts."
        --Milton.
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     2. Spiritually whole or sound; of unimpaired innocence and
        virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly;
        pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Now through her round of holy thought
              The Church our annual steps has brought. --Keble.
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     Holy Alliance (Hist.), a league ostensibly for conserving
        religion, justice, and peace in Europe, but really for
        repressing popular tendencies toward constitutional
        government, entered into by Alexander I. of Russia,
        Francis I. of Austria, and Frederic William III. of
        Prussia, at Paris, on the 26th of September, 1815, and
        subsequently joined by all the sovereigns of Europe,
        except the pope and the king of England.
  
     Holy bark. See Cascara sagrada.
  
     Holy Communion. See Eucharist.
  
     Holy family (Art), a picture in which the infant Christ,
        his parents, and others of his family are represented.
  
     Holy Father, a title of the pope.
  
     Holy Ghost (Theol.), the third person of the Trinity; the
        Comforter; the Paraclete.
  
     Holy Grail. See Grail.
  
     Holy grass (Bot.), a sweet-scented grass ({Hierochloa
        borealis and Hierochloa alpina). In the north of Europe
        it was formerly strewed before church doors on saints'
        days; whence the name. It is common in the northern and
        western parts of the United States. Called also vanilla
        grass or Seneca grass.
  
     Holy Innocents' day, Childermas day.
  
     Holy Land, Palestine, the birthplace of Christianity.
  
     Holy office, the Inquisition.
  
     Holy of holies (Script.), the innermost apartment of the
        Jewish tabernacle or temple, where the ark was kept, and
        where no person entered, except the high priest once a
        year.
  
     Holy One.
        (a) The Supreme Being; -- so called by way of emphasis. "
            The Holy One of Israel." --Is. xliii. 14.
        (b) One separated to the service of God.
  
     Holy orders. See Order.
  
     Holy rood, the cross or crucifix, particularly one placed,
        in churches. over the entrance to the chancel.
  
     Holy rope, a plant, the hemp agrimony.
  
     Holy Saturday (Eccl.), the Saturday immediately preceding
        the festival of Easter; the vigil of Easter.
  
     Holy Spirit, same as Holy Ghost (above).
  
     Holy Spirit plant. See Dove plant.
  
     Holy thistle (Bot.), the blessed thistle. See under
        Thistle.
  
     Holy Thursday. (Eccl.)
        (a) (Episcopal Ch.) Ascension day.
        (b) (R. C. Ch.) The Thursday in Holy Week; Maundy
            Thursday.
  
     Holy war, a crusade; an expedition carried on by Christians
        against the Saracens in the Holy Land, in the eleventh,
        twelfth, and thirteenth centuries, for the possession of
        the holy places.
  
     Holy water (Gr. & R. C. Churches), water which has been
        blessed by the priest for sacred purposes.
  
     Holy-water stoup, the stone stoup or font placed near the
        entrance of a church, as a receptacle for holy water.
  
     Holy Week (Eccl.), the week before Easter, in which the
        passion of our Savior is commemorated.
  
     Holy writ, the sacred Scriptures. " Word of holy writ."
        --Wordsworth.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Holy Grail
      n 1: (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper [syn:
           grail, Holy Grail, Sangraal]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  53 Moby Thesaurus words for "Holy Grail":
     Agnus Dei, Host, Pieta, Sanctus bell, Sangraal, ark, asperger,
     asperges, aspergillum, bambino, beadroll, beads, candle, censer,
     chaplet, ciborium, cross, crucifix, cruet, eucharistial,
     holy cross, holy water, holy-water sprinkler, icon, incensory,
     matzo, menorah, mezuzah, mikvah, monstrance, osculatory,
     ostensorium, paschal candle, pax, phylacteries, prayer shawl,
     prayer wheel, pyx, relics, rood, rosary, sacramental,
     sacred relics, sacring bell, shofar, sukkah, tabernacle, tallith,
     thurible, urceole, veronica, vigil light, votive candle
  
  

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