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Definition of holy adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (holier, holiest)
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  1. 1[usually before noun] connected with God or a particular religion the Holy Bible/Scriptures holy ground a holy war (= one fought to defend the beliefs of a particular religion) the holy city of Mecca Islam's holiest shrine opposite unholy see also holy orders
  2. 2good in a moral and religious way a holy life/man opposite unholy
  3. 3[only before noun] (informal) used to emphasize that you are surprised, afraid, etc. Holy cow! What was that? see also holier-than-thou, holiness
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: holy