Holy Grail


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Holy Grail

n.
See grail.

Holy Grail

n
1. (European Myth & Legend) Also called: Grail or Sangraal (in medieval legend) the bowl used by Jesus at the Last Supper. It was allegedly brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea, where it became the quest of many knights
2. (Alternative Belief Systems) (in modern spirituality) a symbol of the spiritual wholeness that leads a person to union with the divine
3. informal any desired ambition or goal: the Holy Grail of infrared astronomy.
[C14 grail from Old French graal, from Medieval Latin gradālis bowl, of unknown origin]

grail

(greɪl)

n.
1. (usu. cap.) a cup or chalice that in medieval legend was associated with unusual powers and was much sought after by knights: identified with the cup used at the Last Supper and given to Joseph of Arimathea.
2. (sometimes cap.) any greatly desired and sought-after objective.
Also called Holy Grail.
[1300–50; < Anglo-French grahel, Old French gräel, grel < Medieval Latin gradālis platter, of uncertain orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Holy Grail - (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last SupperHoly Grail - (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper
legend, fable - a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
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The Holy Grail was said to be a dish used by Christ at the Last Supper.
They saw men who were strong oppress the weak and grind down the poor, and so they told the story of the Quest of the Holy Grail to try to make them a little better.
The boys all took a flier at the Holy Grail now and then.
In the morning of life they are rapt by intoxicating visions of some great haberdashery business, beckoned to by the voluptuous enticements of the legal profession, or maybe the Holy Grail they forswear all else to seek is a snug editorial chair.
Ten miles away the island of Murea, like some high fastness of the Holy Grail, guarded its mystery.
One might just as well try to make out that the history of Guarino Mezquino, or of the quest of the Holy Grail, is false, or that the loves of Tristram and the Queen Yseult are apocryphal, as well as those of Guinevere and Lancelot, when there are persons who can almost remember having seen the Dame Quintanona, who was the best cupbearer in Great Britain.
A woman has the right to expect the man she is about to marry to regard their troth as a sacred obligation that shall keep him as pure as a young knight who has dedicated himself to the quest of the Holy Grail.
All about me were nobleness of purpose and heroism of effort, and my days and nights were sunshine and starshine, all fire and dew, with before my eyes, ever burning and blazing, the Holy Grail, Christ's own Grail, the warm human, long-suffering and maltreated but to be rescued and saved at the last.
Greatest of the additions to the substance of the cycle was the story of the Holy Grail, originally an altogether independent legend.
They have been out after the things they wanted--golden fleeces, holy grails, lady loves, treasure, crowns and fame.
The story, written by Eric Idle, follows King Arthur as he seeks out the elusive Holy Grail, falling into unsurprising trouble.
According to the story, the castle is the final resting place for the Holy Grail, the cup that Christ drank from at the Last Supper and that there is a tunnel all the way down to the abbey below.