\ 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

Examples of grail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More important, though, are the lessons social media teaches us about what’s newsworthy, appealing or interesting to audiences—and these are and always have been the holy grail of capturing attention. Beth Noymer Levine, Forbes, 20 May 2022 Dave Schilling searches for the holy grail of L.A. outerwear. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 The night parrot was long considered the holy grail of Australian birding. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 Today, the floating fleets are considered the holy grail of efficiency in the charter market, with even smaller operators joining in. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 An ongoing rollout of deluxe reissues whet the appetite, while Jackson’s Get Back, with its running time of 468 minutes, presented, for many, a holy grail of Beatles footage, much of which has been locked in the vault since it was shot. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 28 Jan. 2022 His new friend group, made up of characters played by Kiersey Clemons, Peter S. Kim, and Jaboukie Young-White, quickly inculcate him into their grail-seeking universe, in which looking cool — particularly for one’s online audience — is all. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 28 Oct. 2021 Selecting a reputable custodian with an accredited depository that can act as a broker is the holy grail for setting up Silver IRA. Regal Assets, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Feb. 2022 The holy grail of hair dryer brushes, Dyson's innovative design uses the Coanda effect (high-speed air that creates a vortex) to curl and style wet hair. Tatjana Freund, ELLE, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'grail.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About grail

Time Traveler for grail

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near grail

Graian Alps



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for grail

Last Updated

25 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Grail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!