Definitions for HOLYˈhoʊ li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ho•ly*ˈhoʊ li(adj.)-li•er, -li•est.

  1. recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated:

    holy ground.

    Category: Religion

  2. dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion.

    Category: Religion

  3. saintly; pious; devout.

    Category: Religion

  4. having a spiritually pure quality:

    a holy love.

    Category: Religion

  5. venerated as or as if sacred:

    a holy relic.

    Category: Religion

  6. inspiring fear, awe, or distress:

    He's a holy terror when he's angry.

* Syn: holy , sacred , hallowed refer to something that is the object of worship or veneration. holy refers to the divine, that which has its sanctity directly from God or is connected with Him: Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Something that is sacred is usu. dedicated to a religious purpose by human authority: a sacred shrine. Something that is hallowed has been made holy by being worshiped or venerated: The church graveyard is hallowed ground.

Origin of holy:

bef. 900; ME holi, OE hālig, var. of hāleg=hālwhole+-eg -y1; c. OS hēlag, OHG heilag, ON heilagr


Princeton's WordNet

  1. holy place, sanctum, holy(adj)

    a sacred place of pilgrimage

  2. holy(adj)

    belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. holy(adjective)ˈhoʊ li

    special to a particular religion; = sacred

    a holy day


  1. holy(Noun)

    A thing that is extremely holy; used almost exclusively in Holy of Holies.

  2. holy(Adjective)

    Dedicated to a religious purpose or a god.

  3. holy(Adjective)

    Revered in a religion.

  4. holy(Adjective)

    Perfect or flawless.

  5. holy(Adjective)

    Separated or set apart from (something unto something or someone else).

  6. holy(Adjective)

    Set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose, or for use by a single entity or person.

  7. holy(Adjective)

    Used as an intensifier in various interjections.

    Holy cow, I canu2019t believe he actually lost the race!

  8. Origin: From holi, hali, from halig, haleg, from hailagaz, from hailaz, from koil-. Cognate with haly, heilig, heilig, helig. More at whole.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Holy

    set apart to the service or worship of God; hallowed; sacred; reserved from profane or common use; holy vessels; a holy priesthood

  2. Holy

    spiritually whole or sound; of unimpaired innocence and virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly; pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God


  1. Holy

    Holy is U.D.O.'s seventh album. It was recorded and mixed by Stefan Kaufmann at ROXX Studio, Pulheim and is the first album to feature guitarist Igor Gianola, who had played with Ronni Le Tekrø in Wild Willy's Gang. The band recruited drummer Lorenzo Milani after the release of the album, in the liner notes "guess who" replaces the name of the drummer.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HOLY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3442

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HOLY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2283

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HOLY' in Adjectives Frequency: #438

Translations for HOLY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(worthy of worship or respect because) associated with God, Jesus, a saint etc; sacred

the Holy Bible; holy ground.

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