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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grailnoun

    the object of any prolonged endeavor

  2. grail, Holy Grail, Sangraalnoun

    (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Grailnoun

    Small particles of any kind.

    Etymology: from gréle, French.

    Hereof this gentle knight unweeting was,
    And, lying down upon the sandy grails,
    Drank of the stream as clear as crystal glass. Fairy Queen.


  1. GRAIL

    The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) was an American lunar science mission in NASA's Discovery Program which used high-quality gravitational field mapping of the Moon to determine its interior structure. The two small spacecraft GRAIL A (Ebb) and GRAIL B (Flow) were launched on 10 September 2011 aboard a single launch vehicle: the most-powerful configuration of a Delta II, the 7920H-10. GRAIL A separated from the rocket about nine minutes after launch, GRAIL B followed about eight minutes later. They arrived at their orbits around the Moon 25 hours apart. The first probe entered orbit on 31 December 2011 and the second followed on 1 January 2012. The two spacecraft impacted the Lunar surface on December 17, 2012.


  1. grail

    A grail is typically referred to in a historical or mythical context as a dish, plate, or cup used by a person of great importance and subsequently esteemed as a relic. The most well-known example is the "Holy Grail" from Christian mythology, said to be the dish or cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper and later to catch his blood at the crucifixion. Additionally, the term 'grail' can also be used more generally to refer to any extremely valuable object that is hard to obtain or locate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grailnoun

    a book of offices in the Roman Catholic Church; a gradual

  2. Grailnoun

    a broad, open dish; a chalice; -- only used of the Holy Grail

  3. Grailnoun

    small particles of earth; gravel

  4. Grailnoun

    one of the small feathers of a hawk

  5. Etymology: [OF. greel, LL. gradale. See Gradual, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grail

    grāl, n. (Spens.) small particles of any kind, as sand. [O. Fr. graile (Fr. grêle), hail—L. gracilis, slender.]

  2. Grail

    See Gradual.

  3. Grail

    grāl, n. in medieval legend, the Holy Cup used by Christ at the Last Supper. [Orig. the San Greal, 'Holy Dish' (not Sang Real, 'Holy Blood'), in which it is said Joseph of Arimathea collected our Lord's blood; from O. Fr. graal or greal, a flat dish—Low L. gradale, a flat dish, app. a corr. of Low L. cratella, a dim. of crater, a bowl. Diez suggests as the origin a lost cratalis, from cratus, Low L. form of crater.]

Editors Contribution

  1. grail

    Repository of blood power and inheritance, such as a child.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 26, 2019  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GRAIL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Grail is ranked #151532 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Grail surname appeared 108 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Grail.

    97.2% or 105 total occurrences were White.

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  1. glair

  2. argil

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grail in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of grail in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Tabarez:

    The holy grail of football is the word 'balance', when we attack, we need to be able to attack, but this isn't abstract — it is because ball possession has been recovered or from good defensive work. We work on balance all the time.

  2. David Kaplan:

    The holy grail, if we all do our job right, is that you only need one animal in the initial biopsy, you can do what we call' immortalize' those cells so they essentially propagate forever.

  3. Elliot Ehrich:

    Can we use our existing tools or add on other tools to give patients an option to heal their brain? that’s the holy grail, but we are not there yet.

  4. Daniel Heller:

    Ultimately desalinization is the Holy Grail.

  5. Dale Carmen:

    I want people to really feel transported, I want to achieve this sort of ‘holy grail’ idea that I have a virtual reality that can create a presence, the sense that you are somewhere— that you’re in an actual place, you know, people take it off and then you have to re-acclimate to the real world.

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