holy of holies

noun phrase

Definition of holy of holies

: the innermost and most sacred chamber of the Jewish tabernacle and temple

First Known Use of holy of holies

1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for holy of holies

translation of Late Latin sanctum sanctorum, translation of Hebrew qōdhesh haq-qŏdhāshīm

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The first known use of holy of holies was in 1641

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“Holy of holies.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holy%20of%20holies. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of holy of holies

: the most holy part of a Jewish temple
humorous : something (such as a place or event) that is thought of as very special and which only a few people are allowed to use, see, etc.

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