\ ˈgrāl How to pronounce grail (audio) \

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

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Consider the mid-century Case Study House: minimalist prototypes for the masses that were aesthetic and affordable, each now a grail venerated by the architectural cognoscenti. R. Daniel Foster,, "New book details architect Paul McClean’s ultramodern homes," 28 June 2019 Los Angeles is the hole-ly grail for donut devotees. Theo Stroomer, National Geographic, "This is the donut capital of the United States," 5 June 2019 Here, 20 people describe that one, holy-grail product—from makeup to fragrance and much more—that helps energize them day in and day out, and gives them a little extra firepower. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "20 People on the Beauty Product That Makes Them Feel Powerful," 22 Apr. 2019 At the end of her recommendation, NiaNeuman says that this potential holy-grail liquid lipstick is available at for $1. Marci Robin, Allure, "I Just Found Out About This $1 Matte Liquid Lipstick on Reddit, and Now I'm Obsessed," 25 Mar. 2019 The pieces achieve grail status in the menswear market. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "A Brief History of Raf Simons’s Storied Career in Fashion," 22 Dec. 2018 The craft-brew grail has long been this subtler sort of brew, combining the dryness of light lagers with brighter, less brash and more complex hops flavor. William Bostwick, WSJ, "Craft Beer Breakthrough: Brisk New Bubblies for the Holiday Table," 20 Nov. 2018 Several people offered up their suggestions, including one considered a holy-grail product. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Best Drugstore Foundations for Combination Skin According to Reddit," 25 Aug. 2018 Like anything that promises transformation, finding that grail can approach obsession. Leeann Duggan, Glamour, "An Ode to Levi's 501s, the Greatest Jeans Of All Time," 22 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of grail

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grail

Middle English greal, graal, from Middle French, bowl, grail, from Medieval Latin gradalis

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something desired as essential

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