Definition of grail
1 capitalized : the cup or platter used according to medieval legend by Christ at the Last Supper and thereafter the object of knightly quests
2 : the object of an extended or difficult quest
Recent Examples of grail from the Web
FAIRVIEW PARK - For most librarians, visiting the Library of Congress is the holy grail.
On the roster is a 21-year old future star—a 7-foot-3 big man that appears to be the holy grail of modern NBA centers.
Garcia’s report was once expected to be explosive and became a holy grail for FIFA critics who thought the votes could be re-run.
But the holy grail for low-cost airlines is packing passengers into standing chairs similar to bar stools.
Developing a drug that works like ketamine, but without all the baggage, is the holy grail — but scientists haven’t known quite what to target.
TOKYO — For some intrepid travelers, North Korea is the holy grail.
For now the holy grail seems to be tweaking ketamine’s molecular structure to capture the drug’s unrivaled therapeutic effect while eliminating those pesky hallucinations.
But for OG fans of Radiohead’s early work, the band’s purposeful return to meat-and-potatoes rock music is basically the holy grail.
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Origin and Etymology of grail
Middle English greal, graal, from Middle French, bowl, grail, from Medieval Latin gradalis
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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