Holy Grail

noun

Definition of Holy Grail

  1. 1 :  grail

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

Examples of holy grail in a Sentence

  1. Finding a cure for cancer is the holy grail of medical researchers.

First Known Use of holy grail

15th century


HOLY GRAIL Defined for English Language Learners

Holy Grail

noun

Definition of Holy Grail for English Language Learners

  • : something that you want very much but that is very hard to get or achieve

  • the Holy Grail : the cup that is said to have been used by Jesus Christ and that was sought by knights during the Middle Ages



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Holy Grail? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

lethargy or dullness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!