capitalized : the cup or platter used according to medieval legend by Christ at the Last Supper and thereafter the object of knightly quests
: the object of an extended or difficult quest

Examples of grail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ariana Grande found her grail on Thursday night, at the opening night of Broadway's Spamalot. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 True junk sits comfortably next to priceless grails. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023 The venue was the site of the very first concert the L.A. natives attended (LeAnn Rimes in 2004) and has long been a holy grail of sorts. Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 For me, this heavenly combination is holy grail material. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 13 Nov. 2023 Many collectors point to the McLaren F1 as being the next Ferrari 250 GTO in terms of holy grail status. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 11 Nov. 2023 Recently, the team approached her about doing a reissue of the board, which has become a grail among the fashion set for whom the longtime It girl is a patron saint. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Sep. 2023 Try White Vinegar or Rubbing Alcohol White vinegar is often regarded as a holy grail household cleanser, for both stains and surfaces. Gia Yetikyel, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2023 Is that why in the novel, these artificial or human things, like the Best Western or Frosted Flakes, are framed by the narrator as these grails in contrast to the vast unforgivingness of nature? Hazlitt, 26 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grail was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Grail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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