from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Obsolete Something considered holy.
  • n. Obsolete A sanctuary.

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  • n. Holiness.
  • n. A sanctuary.
  • n. A holy relic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Holiness; sanctity; sacred oath; sacred things; sanctuary; -- used chiefly in oaths.
  • n. Holy doom; the Last Day.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Holiness; sanctity; sacred honor; also, something regarded as sacred, as a relic: formerly much used in solemn oaths or adjurations.
  • n. A sanctuary.
  • n. Lands held of a religious foundation.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English hāligdōm : hālig, holy; see holy + -dōm, -dom.

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Old English hāliġdōm, corresponding to holy + -dom.


  • "Why, a halidom is a halidom," said the fat man, thoughtfully; "and belongs to kings."

    John Dough And The Cherub

  • Villagers hailed the party in soft voices as it proceeded to the halidom.

    Hokas Pokas

  • "By my halidom!" and all the rest of the sweepings and tailings of Scott and the third-rate romanticists.

    A Lost Story

  • The site may even become a halidom, like Thermopylae or Bodhgaya, around which hearts can irrationally rally.

    The Stars Are Also Fire

  • Today church bells rang in Norway, as they had done for a lifetime or more in Denmark, yes, above that halidom of the Mother where he and the garland girl had offered flowers ...

    The Boat of a Million Years

  • Carven dragons reared over its gables; horns of elk and aurochs above the doors were gilded; pillars within bore the images of gods - save for Wodan, who had a richly bedecked halidom nearby.

    Time Patrolman

  • Strangely, at this halidom the Wanderer forbade bloodshed.

    Time Patrolman

  • "By my halidom you draw a good bow, young master," said Rob's queer comrade to him in the interval allowed for rest.

    Robin Hood

  • "Now by my halidom!" quoth the King, while his brow grew black.

    Robin Hood

  • "By my halidom, I am glad it was not me you struck, my gentle friend!" quoth Robin, fixing an arrow upon the string.

    Robin Hood


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  • Their sacrament is cranial kibble

    So do not be selfish and quibble.

    If zombies pallid come

    In search of some halidom

    Stand still for a sip and a nibble.

    November 10, 2015