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Holy Rood

the cross on which Jesus died.
(lowercase) a crucifix, especially one above a rood screen.
Origin of Holy Rood
before 1150; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For close to the Canongate was holyrood, the palace where the king held his court.

    Stories from the Ballads Mary MacGregor
  • It was even said that he had letters written by the traitor in his room at holyrood.

    Stories from the Ballads Mary MacGregor
  • The battle of Hamildon Hill was fought on the day of holyrood in 1402.

    Grace Darling

    Eva Hope
  • The royal palace, where Mary was to reside, was called the Palace of holyrood.

  • When they reached the palace of holyrood, they were challenged by the sentinel on duty there.

  • holyrood is the royal castle at Edinburgh, where the court usually was held.

    Lady of the Lake Sir Walter Scott
  • For years he and his designs had been subjects of suspicion and dread at holyrood.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • He had begun to build and repair and decorate at holyrood and Linlithgow.

    Royal Edinburgh Margaret Oliphant
  • There was no subterranean passage from holyrood to Kirk o Field.

  • That night at holyrood Queensberry and the Ministers discussed the situation.

    Fletcher of Saltoun G. W. T. Omond
British Dictionary definitions for holyrood


/ˈhɒlɪˌruːd; ˈhəʊlɪˌruːd/
the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, located beside Holyroodhouse
(informal) the Scottish Government

holy rood

a cross or crucifix, esp one placed upon the rood screen in a church
(often capital) the cross on which Christ was crucified
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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