grail

[ greyl ]
/ greɪl /

noun

(usually initial capital letter) Also called Holy Grail. a cup or chalice that in medieval legend was associated with unusual powers, especially the regeneration of life and, later, Christian purity, and was much sought after by medieval knights: identified with the cup used at the Last Supper and given to Joseph of Arimathea.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Informal. any greatly desired and sought-after objective; ultimate ideal or reward.

Origin of grail

1300–50; Middle English graiel, graile, etc. < Anglo-French grahel, grayel, Old French gräel, grel < Medieval Latin gradālis platter, of uncertain origin
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Grail

/ (ɡreɪl) /

noun


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