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Holy Rood

  1. the cross on which Jesus died.
  2. (lowercase) a crucifix, especially one above a rood screen.
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Origin of Holy Rood

before 1150; Middle English; Old English
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Historical Examples of holyrood

  • 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.

  • The battle of Hamildon Hill was fought on the day of Holyrood in 1402.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for holyrood


  1. the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, located beside Holyroodhouse
  2. informal the Scottish Government
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holy rood

  1. a cross or crucifix, esp one placed upon the rood screen in a church
  2. (often capital) the cross on which Christ was crucified
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