\ 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 Uncommon Beauty is launching in May with five core products: a foaming face wash loaded with enzymes, a water gel-cream moisturizer, a vitamin C eye cream, a mango lip balm, and a vitamin C pineapple nectar, Cavallari’s holy grail. Katie Intner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kristin Cavallari On Her New Skincare Line and Why She'll Never Get Fillers," 26 Mar. 2021 Joey the Mad Walker went through a phase when Not Making Outs was his holy grail, at the expense of driving in runs. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Will the next UC Bearcats men's basketball coach be one of these four?," 13 Apr. 2021 So too would be the holy grail of debuts, that of top prospect Adley Rutschman. Jon Meoli,, "Early debuts gives Orioles head start on answering a key question: Who should be part of their future? | ANALYSIS," 7 Apr. 2021 Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, "Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?," 15 Feb. 2017 Full self-driving cars are the holy grail of such an evolution, though that is likely still years away. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Will Xiaomi Be the Apple of Electric Vehicles?," 31 Mar. 2021 For everyone involved with the Huskies, a championship title looms in the distance like a potentially attainable holy grail. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Last Chance U: Basketball Is a Riveting, Heartbreaking Sports Doc," 11 Mar. 2021 Scouring the beauty world via shelves in stores or online for a holy grail product can seem like a lifetime pursuit. Brandy Guerry, Southern Living, "I Use This Eye Shadow Stick As a Lip Tint, Blush, and Spot Corrector—And I Can't Stop Telling People About It," 8 Mar. 2021 Fusion, in which energy is created by fusing atoms together rather than breaking them apart, is seen as a holy grail in the energy industry. Globe Staff,, "MIT energy startup hones in on fusion, with plans for 47-acre site in Devens," 3 Mar. 2021

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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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1 May 2021

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“Grail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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