Definitions for holyˈhoʊ li

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word holy

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


  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

  3. Origin: [OE. holi, hali, AS. hlig, fr. hl health, salvation, happiness, fr. hl whole, well; akin to OS. hlag, D. & G. heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr. See Whole, and cf. Halibut, Halidom, Hallow, Hollyhock.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ernest Renan:

    Man makes holy what he believes.

  2. Pope Francis:

    The Holy See can make nice speeches.

  3. Loretta Lynn:

    I'd love to travel to the Holy Land.

  4. Dejan Stojanovic:

    The holy world glows like a lightening bug.

  5. Daniel Heller:

    Ultimately desalinization is the Holy Grail.

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