Definition of holy
1 : exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness
2 : divine for the Lord our God is holy — Psalms 99:9 (King James Version)
3 : devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity a holy temple holy prophets
4a : having a divine quality holy loveb : venerated as or as if sacred holy scripture a holy relic
5 —used as an intensive this is a holy mess he was a holy terror when he drank — Thomas Wolfe ; often used in combination as a mild oath holy smoke
holilyplay \ˈhō-lə-lē\ adverb
Examples of holy in a Sentence
a holy relic worn by one of the saints
the holy monk spent many hours on his knees in prayer
Recent Examples of holy from the Web
Veteran Israeli photographer David Rubinger, whose photo of Israeli paratroopers at the Western Wall holy site became an iconic image of the 1967 Mideast war, has died at 92, his children said Thursday.
The wall, close to destroyed ancient temples, is the holiest site where Jews are permitted to pray and is said to be a part of a retaining wall of the structure of the Second Temple.
The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem, home to key Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites, as the capital of their future state.
KABUL—At least one gunman attacked worshipers at a popular Shiite shrine in Kabul on Tuesday, Afghan officials said, killing at least 14 people and wounding 26 others on one of the sect’s holiest days of the year.
But please, for all that is good and holy, do not mispronounce Edinburgh around Alan Cumming.
What is required of a saint is a radiant reflection of the holy and a capacity for miracles.
If the name is personal, so is the restaurant's interior: an entire holy dining grotto just off the sweeping bar is plastered in Bridge's collection of ZZ Top memorabilia.
Over the last couple of years educators have moderated the tone of textbooks to reduce and in many cases eliminate the rhetoric of holy war.
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Origin and Etymology of holy
Middle English, from Old English hālig; akin to Old English hāl whole — more at whole
First Known Use: before 12th century
HOLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of holy for English Language Learners
: connected to a god or a religion
: religious and morally good
—used in phrases that show surprise or excitement
HOLY Defined for Kids
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