Holy Grail

noun

1
: grail
2
often not capitalized : an object or goal that is sought after for its great significance

Examples of Holy Grail in a Sentence

Finding a cure for cancer is the holy grail of medical researchers.
Recent Examples on the Web Long-term, the vision is to prevent nearly all cancers, a Holy Grail that researcher Dr. Susan Domchek and others have been working toward for decades. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 4 June 2024 But Balmaseda has also touched the industry’s Holy Grail. John Hopewell, Variety, 19 June 2024 Mission to ‘Holy Grail of Shipwrecks’ Will Employ Robotics. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 14 June 2024 Inspired by the King Arthur legend, Holy Grail is a timeless comedy, the rare kind of film that will still be making people laugh hundreds of years from now. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 7 June 2024 To make a chair out of just one piece of material is something of a design Holy Grail, one that became more attainable around midcentury with advancements in plastics technology. Evan Moffitt, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Bars include Killer Queen, Red Leprechaun, The Stretch, Holy Grail, Tin Roof, Fishbowl, Jefferson Social. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 13 Mar. 2024 The album was released independently and is considered a ‘Holy Grail’ of the Zamrock movement for its mark on history including the intoxicating title track which opens with Jagari introducing and immortalizing the late members of the original WITCH ensemble. Tracy Kawalik, SPIN, 5 Mar. 2024 And back in 2003, the now-defunct Grand Lake Brewing made a beer-like concoction called Holy Grail that had about the same alcohol content. Jonathan Shikes, The Denver Post, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Holy Grail was in the 15th century

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“Holy Grail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Holy%20Grail. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

Holy Grail

noun
-ˈgrā(ə)l
: the cup or platter which according to legend was used by Christ and was sought after by knights during the Middle Ages

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