Holy Grail


Definition of Holy Grail

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.

First Known Use of Holy Grail

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Holy Grail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Holy%20Grail. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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Holy Grail


English Language Learners Definition of Holy Grail

: something that you want very much but that is very hard to get or achieve
: the cup that is said to have been used by Jesus Christ and that was sought by knights during the Middle Ages

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