[ gal-uh-had ]
/ ˈgæl əˌhæd /
Sir, Arthurian Romance. the noblest and purest knight of the Round Table, son of Lancelot and Elaine: gained the Holy Grail.
a man showing devotion to the highest ideals.
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British Dictionary definitions for galahad, sir
/ (ˈɡæləˌhæd) /
Sir Galahad (in Arthurian legend) the most virtuous knight of the Round Table, destined to regain the Holy Grail; son of Lancelot and Elaine
a pure or noble man
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Culture definitions for galahad, sir
A young knight in the tales of King Arthur (see also Arthur). Galahad's exceptional purity and virtue enabled him to see the Holy Grail in all its splendor, whereas many other knights who sought it could not see it at all.
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