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[hal-i-duh m] /ˈhæl ɪ dəm/
a holy place, as a church or sanctuary.
Also, halidome
[hal-i-dohm] /ˈhæl ɪˌdoʊm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of halidom
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hāligdōm. See holy, -dom Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for halidome
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  • halidome cleared his throat, and there was something portentous in the sound.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • halidome cleared his throat; the idea was so obviously indecent.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • The memory of the play and his conversation with halidome was still strong in Shelton.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • "I hear from halidome that you're going to stand for Parliament," the latter said.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • O' my halidome, wench, but I would let all the priests and friars fight for it.

  • And the first king had sworn by his halidome—and at this his court turned pale—that he would take his enemy by his blasted nose.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • Heard ye never of Hughie Dun, who left this halidome some thirty-five years gone by?

    The Monastery Sir Walter Scott
  • In Horace Walpole, however, a character goes so far in the mediæval way as to say “by my halidome.”

  • Shelton had nothing better to do, for pleasant were his friend halidome's well-appointed dinners.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • halidome's countenance grew cold, a little shocked, as though he had been assailed in person.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for halidome


(archaic) a holy place or thing
Word Origin
Old English hāligdōm; see holy, -dom
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