Holy Grail

noun

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

Example Sentences

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

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Holy Grail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Holy%20Grail. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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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