Definition of grail noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡreɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡreɪl//
    (also the Holy Grail) Religious items
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  1. 1 [singular] the cup or bowl believed to have been used by Jesus Christ before he died, that became a holy thing that people wanted to find Culture There are many old stories about the Holy Grail. In the most famous of these King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table go to search for it, and it is finally found by Sir Galahad, the only knight who is completely pure. When Galahad dies, his men see the Grail rise into Heaven. See related entries: Religious items
  2. 2[countable] a thing that you try very hard to find or achieve, but never will
  3. Word Originfrom Old French graal, from medieval Latin gradalis ‘dish’.
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