grail

noun
\ 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 Well, the potential uses for hydrogen in general are widened if there’s a metallic form that scientists can access, and in the race for metallic hydrogen, the race itself is something of a grail quest for scientific bragging rights. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Wait, Did Scientists Finally Create Metallic Hydrogen?," 3 Feb. 2020 Her colorful evil eye pendants and snake rings are grails for jewelry lovers, identifiably hers and more valuable for being so. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Ileana Makri’s Appointment at Reinstein Ross Brings Together Two of Jewelry’s Most Beloved Names," 27 Nov. 2019 These became our holy-grail leggings for a bunch of reasons. Staff, CNN Underscored, "Underscored's top 50 of 2019: The best in home, tech and style," 19 Dec. 2019 But remember: The Cyber Monday sale price ends tonight in just a few hours—meaning this is your last chance to snag the holy-grail hair tool for 30% off. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "The Best-Selling Air Dryer Brush with Over 13,000 Amazon Reviews Is 30% Off—But Only Until Tonight," 2 Dec. 2019 Even the Miracle Leave-In Conditioner is included, which is one of our holy-grail hair products, particularly for dry or damaged hair. Staff, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday 2019: 100+ of the best deals you can start shopping now," 1 Dec. 2019 Ambitious and often impressive, it was greeted in some quarters as a candidate for that elusive grail the Great American Novel. Robert Gottlieb, The New Yorker, "The Rise and Fall of Booth Tarkington," 4 Nov. 2019 Energy holy-grail metallic hydrogen is a liquid in high temperature and high-pressure conditions like those that exist in the sun. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Lead Is Stronger Than Steel If You Compress It Enough," 18 Nov. 2019 The institute managed to persuade a number of states to enact right-to-try laws, but the grail was a federal version. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The Koch-backed right-to-try law has been a bust — but still threatens our health," 17 Sep. 2019

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

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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grails. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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