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
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British Dictionary definitions for holyrood (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhɒlɪˌruːd, ˈhəʊlɪˌruːd) /


the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, located beside Holyroodhouse
informal the Scottish Government

British Dictionary definitions for holyrood (2 of 2)

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

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