- a city regarded as particularly sacred by the adherents of a religious faith, as Jerusalem by Jews and Christians, Mecca and Medina by Muslims, and Varanasi by Hindus.
Origin of Holy City
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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- Jerusalem, esp when regarded as the focal point of the religions of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam
- Christianity heaven regarded as the perfect counterpart of Jerusalem
- any city regarded as especially sacred by a particular religion
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