Holy Grail

or ho·ly grail

[ hoh-lee greyl ]
/ ˈhoʊ li ˈgreɪl /
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Arthurian Legend, Teutonic Legend. 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: Wagner adapted the story of his opera Parsifal from the medieval legends of the search for the Holy Grail.
grail (def. 1): Brisket is the Holy Grail of barbecue because it's considered so difficult to cook well.
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Origin of Holy Grail

First recorded in 1580–90
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British Dictionary definitions for Holy Grail

Holy Grail

  1. Also called: Grail, Sangraal (in medieval legend) the bowl used by Jesus at the Last Supper. It was allegedly brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea, where it became the quest of many knights
  2. (in modern spirituality) a symbol of the spiritual wholeness that leads a person to union with the divine
informal any desired ambition or goalthe Holy Grail of infrared astronomy

Word Origin for Holy Grail

C14 grail from Old French graal, from Medieval Latin gradālis bowl, of unknown origin
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