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
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came in the first week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The attack comes as Muslims mark the holy month of Ramadan.
Morkous said his uncle left for Egypt on May 1 to visit family and Christian holy sites and was slated to return on July 4.
The attack, which took place on the eve of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, was the fourth to target Egypt’s Christian minority since December.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
President Trump issued a statement on Ramadan — a holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims around the world — that focused primarily on violence and terrorism.
Millions of Muslims begin their observance of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan tonight.
The missing footage, if ever located, would be an archivist’s holy grail.
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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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