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Oh yeah, that's the Holy Grail, Pirates of the Caribbean. Johnny Depp, he's the real deal, isn't he? He doesn't get the girl, and he doesn't care.
William H. Macy

Meaning of "Holy Grail" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD HOLY GRAIL

Grail from Old French graal, from Medieval Latin gradālis bowl, of unknown origin.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF HOLY GRAIL

Holy Grail play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HOLY GRAIL

noun
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preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Holy Grail is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES HOLY GRAIL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Holy Grail

Holy Grail

The Holy Grail is a dish, plate, stone, or cup that is part of an important theme of Arthurian literature. A grail, wondrous but not explicitly holy, first appears in Perceval le Gallois, an unfinished romance by Chrétien de Troyes: it is a processional salver used to serve at a feast. Chrétien's story attracted many continuators, translators and interpreters in the later 12th and early 13th centuries, including Wolfram von Eschenbach, who makes the grail a great precious stone that fell from the sky. The Grail legend became interwoven with legends of the Holy Chalice. The connection with Joseph of Arimathea and with vessels associated with the Last Supper and crucifixion of Jesus, dates from Robert de Boron's Joseph d'Arimathie in which Joseph receives the Grail from an apparition of Jesus and sends it with his followers to Great Britain. Building upon this theme, later writers recounted how Joseph used the Grail to catch Christ's blood while interring him and how he founded a line of guardians to keep it safe in Britain. The legend may combine Christian lore with a Celtic myth of a cauldron endowed with special powers.

Definition of Holy Grail in the English dictionary

The first definition of Holy Grail in the dictionary is Also called: Grail, Sangraal. 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. Other definition of Holy Grail is a symbol of the spiritual wholeness that leads a person to union with the divine. Holy Grail is also any desired ambition or goal.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HOLY GRAIL

Holy Ark
Holy Bible
Holy City
Holy Communion
holy day
holy day of obligation
Holy Eucharist
Holy Family
Holy Father
Holy Ghost
Holy Hour
Holy Innocents´ Day
Holy Island
Holy Joe
Holy Land
holy man
holy Mary
holy matrimony
holy men
Holy Moley!

WORDS THAT END LIKE HOLY GRAIL

brail
campaign trail
curtain rail
derail
frail
Grail
guardrail
handrail
hiking trail
interrail
light rail
monorail
nature trail
Oregon trail
picture rail
rail
third rail
towel rail
trail
vitrail

Synonyms and antonyms of Holy Grail in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «Holy Grail» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HOLY GRAIL

Find out the translation of Holy Grail to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of Holy Grail from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «Holy Grail» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

圣杯
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

Santo Grial
570 millions of speakers

English

Holy Grail
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

होली ग्रेल
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

الكأس المقدسة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Святой Грааль
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

Santo Graal
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পবিত্র গ্রিল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

Saint Graal
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Holy Grail
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Heilige Gral
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

聖杯
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

성배
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Suci Grail
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

Holy Grail
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பரிசுத்த கிரெயில்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

होली ग्रेल
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Kutsal kase
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

Santo Graal
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Święty Graal
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Святий Грааль
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

Sfântul Graal
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

Άγιο Δισκοπότηρο
15 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Afrikaans

Heilige Graal
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

Holy Grail
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

Holy Grail
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of Holy Grail

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HOLY GRAIL»

The term «Holy Grail» is very widely used and occupies the 15.908 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HOLY GRAIL» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about Holy Grail

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4 QUOTES WITH «HOLY GRAIL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word Holy Grail.
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Terry Gilliam
We did Holy Grail, and I got my name up there as one of the directors. After that, I started moving more and more down the line I wanted to, which was making movies.
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William H. Macy
Oh yeah, that's the Holy Grail, Pirates of the Caribbean. Johnny Depp, he's the real deal, isn't he? He doesn't get the girl, and he doesn't care.
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Bre Pettis
My personal mission has always been to empower people to be creative. But the Holy Grail of a tinkerer is to make something that makes something.
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Trevor St. John
Jazz music and, more specifically, jazz musicians, are my artistic heroes. I want to be the Thelonious Monk of acting. He had no concern for how well he was received. He played whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. He just wasn't interested in achieving the good opinion of his audience. That's the Holy Grail of acting; of any art form.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HOLY GRAIL»

Discover the use of Holy Grail in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to Holy Grail and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail
The tale seems to begin with buried treasure and then turns into an unprecedented historical detective story - a modern Grail quest leading back through cryptically coded parchments, secret societies, the Knights Templar, the Cathar ...
Richard Leigh, Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, 2013
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The Book of the Holy Grail
This book is the most anticipated publishing event in human history.
Joseph of Arimathea, J. R. Ploughman, 1999
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Guardians of the Holy Grail
Guardians of the Holy Grail proves that the Grail existed many thousands of years before Christ, and that it is as old as the Garden of Eden itself.
Mark Amaru Pinkham, 2004
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Bloodline of the Holy Grail
This unique work offers revelatory insight concerning the descendant heirs of Jesus and his brother James while, in documenting a hidden legacy of the Messiah, it unveils hitherto guarded facts about characters such as Mary Magdalene and ...
Laurence Gardner, 2004
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The Quest of the Holy Grail
Despite its Arthurian setting and although it forms part of a vast compilation called the Prose Lancelot, it is a spiritual fable. This is a guide to the spiritual life aimed at the court, rather than the cloister.
‎1969
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Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail: Can a Punk Rock Legend Find ...
A modern-day search for the Holy Grail plunges Christopher Dawes and his neighbor Rat Scabies, a former drummer known for setting his own drums on fire, on a psychedelic globe-trotting journey that brings them face to face with the Cathars, ...
Christopher Dawes, 2005
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The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief
Traces the varied history, legends, and myths of the Holy Grail, from the medieval Church's religious version of the secular ideal and Chrétien de Troyes's twelfth-century romances to popular best sellers of the late twentieth century.
Richard W. Barber, 2004
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The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics: Lessons from Japans Great ...
The revised edition of this highly acclaimed work presents crucial lessons from Japan's recession that could aid the US and other economies as they struggle to recover from the current financial crisis.
Richard C. Koo, 2011
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Revelation of the Holy Grail
This book provides many previously unpublished facts about the history and tradition of the Grail movement, which includes some of the most influential people in human history.
Chevalier Emerys, 2007
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Holy Grail across the Atlantic: the secret history of ...
This fifth printing of the best-selling Holy Grail Across the Atlanticoffers some fascinating interpretations of early Canadian history that you may prefer to doubt - but will not be able to forget!
Michael Anderson Bradley, Deanna Theilmann-Bean, 1988

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HOLY GRAIL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term Holy Grail is used in the context of the following news items.
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Meet the Holy Grail of Seafood: Dulse, Bacon-Flavored Seaweed …
Scientists may have found the Holy Grail of seafood: seaweed that tastes like bacon. The type of seaweed, called dulse, tastes like the fatty, ... «ABC News, Jul 15»
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The 'Holy Grail' of silent screencomedy has been recovered
"It's been a Holy Grail of comedy," film historian Leonard Maltin said of the second reel. "And that's not overstating the case." But in June, Jon ... «Waterloo Record, Jul 15»
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In pursuit of the holy grail - Pensions & Investments
Multiasset-class investing strategies today must combine upside participation with downside protection, the so-called holy grail. «Pensions & Investments, Jul 15»
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Appery wants to deliver the holy grail: HTML5 apps with native …
Appery wants to deliver the holy grail: HTML5 apps with native performance. Related. smartphone mobile apps · Review: 7 excellent mobile ... «Network World, Jul 15»
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The Holy Grail of Climate Economics? A Price on Carbon …
... economic and political conditions. At the heart of this broader approach, however, lies the holy grail of climate economics: a price on carbon. «Environmental Leader, Jul 15»
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How HERO Condoms founder Dustin Leonard snared a deal with …
Leonard says the Woolworths deal was up there with the “holy grail” of supermarket deals for HERO Condoms, along with Coles. «SmartCompany.com.au, Jul 15»
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"The Holy Grail Of The Nightclubbing Scene" - A Coppers Gold Card …
Describing it as “membership to the holy grail of the nightclubbing scene”, the seller is doing a good job convincing us that it's worth every penny. “This rare ... «Her.ie, Jul 15»
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The Next Concepts x Nike SB Collaboration Is Grail Status …
On July 25th, Concepts will release a series of footwear unified by a particular theme called the “Holy Grail”. In this set is the Nike SB Janoski ... «Sneaker News, Jul 15»
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Pie-smeared 'holy grail of comedy' found, New York Times reports
Pie-fight fans, rejoice. A long-missing reel from the movie containing the greatest pie fight in cinematic history -– a short with Stan Laurel and ... «Bayoubuzz, Jul 15»
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Holy Grail of hockey comes to Southlake
It's the Holy Grail of hockey – and on July 8, it was at Newmarket's Southlake Regional Health Centre. The Stanley Cup was brought to the ... «Bradford Times, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Holy Grail [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/holy-grail>. Mar 2020 ».
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