holy Definition

  • 1dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose
  • 2sacred, deserving great respect and reverence

Using holy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "holy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The holy book of Islam is the Quran.

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    The holy city of Jerusalem is sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

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    The holy water is used in many religious ceremonies.

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    The holy man spent his life helping others.

holy Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with holy

  • an exclamation of surprise or astonishment


    Holy cow! I can't believe we won the lottery!

  • a goal or object that is highly sought after or difficult to attain


    For many scientists, finding a cure for cancer is the holy grail of medical research.

  • an exclamation of surprise or amazement


    Holy mackerel! That's the biggest fish I've ever seen!

Origins of holy

from Old English 'hālig', meaning 'sacred, consecrated'


Summary: holy in Brief

The term 'holy' [ˈhoʊli] refers to something dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose, or something that is sacred and deserving of great respect and reverence. It is often used in reference to religious texts, places, and people, as well as in exclamations like 'holy cow' and 'holy mackerel.' 'Holy grail' is an idiom that refers to a highly sought-after goal or object.

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