Definitions

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

  • adj. Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred.
  • adj. Regarded with or worthy of worship or veneration; revered: a holy book.
  • adj. Living according to a strict or highly moral religious or spiritual system; saintly: a holy person.
  • adj. Specified or set apart for a religious purpose: a holy place.
  • adj. Solemnly undertaken; sacrosanct: a holy pledge.
  • adj. Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence: The pursuit of peace is our holiest quest.
  • adj. Informal Used as an intensive: raised holy hell over the mischief their children did.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Dedicated to a religious purpose or a god.
  • adj. Revered in a religion.
  • adj. Perfect or flawless.
  • adj. Separated or set apart from (something unto something or someone else).
  • adj. Set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose, or for use by a single entity or person.
  • adj. Used as an intensifier in various interjections.
  • n. A thing that is extremely holy; used almost exclusively in Holy of Holies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Set apart to the service or worship of God; hallowed; sacred; reserved from profane or common use; holy vessels; a holy priesthood.
  • adj. Spiritually whole or sound; of unimpaired innocence and virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly; pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consecrated; set apart for religious use or uses; of sacred or religious character or quality: as, the holy priesthood; the holy sabbath; holy oil; holy thoughts.
  • Perfect in religious character and the practices of devotion; sanctified; saintly.
  • Exhibiting, indicating, or befitting sanctity of life; devout; righteous.
  • A eulogia, or piece of blessed bread.
  • A person who carried the holy water.
  • Same as morning-star (a weapon)
  • In hunting, the tail of a fox.
  • Synonyms Sacred, dedicated, sanctified. See religion.
  • 2 and Devout, divine, immaculate, saintly.
  • n. A holy man; a saint: same as hallow.
  • n. plural Sacred rites; devotions.
  • n. A place of worship; a sacred place.
  • n. The inner or western division of the Jewish tabernacle, as distinguished from the outer part, called the holy place. The holy of holies was inclosed on three sides by the walls of the tabernacle, while on the fourth or eastern side a veil, ornamented with figures of cherubim, and suspended from four pillars of shittim-wood overlaid with gold, separated it from the holy place (Ex. xxvi. 31; xxxvi. 35). The holy of holies was a perfect cube in its dimensions, the length, breadth, and height being each ten cubits. In it stood the ark of the testament, or ark of the covenant, of shittim-wood over-laid with gold. Upon the ark was the capporeth or golden mercy-seat, the place of the divine presence (Ex. xxv. 22), and on the capporeth were two cherubim, also of gold, both facing toward its center. No one but the high priest entered the holy of holies, and he only once a year, on the Day of Atonement (Lev. xvi.). Also called the most holy place and the oracle.
  • n. The sanctuary or bema of a Christian church: used especially by the Greek and other Oriental churches.
  • n. Among the Nestorians, a small recess at the east end of a church, containing nothing but a cross. No one, not even the priest, is allowed to enter it.
  • To canonize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
  • n. a sacred place of pilgrimage

Etymologies

Middle English holi, from Old English hālig; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English holi, hali, from Old English hāliġ, hāleġ ("holy, consecrated, sacred, venerated, godly, saintly, ecclesiastical, pacific, tame"), from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (“holy, bringing health”), from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“healthy, whole”), from Proto-Indo-European *koil- (“healthy, whole”). Cognate with Scots haly ("holy"), Dutch heilig ("holy"), German heilig ("holy"), Swedish helig ("holy"). More at whole. (Wiktionary)

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  • to be set apart, separate, unique, (qados)

    July 22, 2009