What does holy mean?

Definitions for holyˈhoʊ li

Here are all the 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Holy

    hō′li, adj. perfect in a moral sense: pure in heart: religious: set apart to a sacred use.—adv. Hō′lily, in a holy manner: piously.—n. Hō′liness, state of being holy: religious goodness: sanctity: a title of the pope.—adj. Hō′ly-cru′el (Shak.), cruel through excess of holiness.—ns. Hō′ly-day, a formal spelling of holiday (q.v.); Hō′ly-off′ice, the Inquisition; Hō′ly-rood, the holy cross in R.C. churches over the entrance to the chancel; Hō′lystone, a sandstone used by seamen for cleansing the decks, said to be named from cleaning the decks for Sunday.—v.t. to scrub with a holystone.—ns. Hō′ly-Thurs′day, the day on which the ascension of our Saviour is commemorated, ten days before Whitsuntide; Hō′ly-wa′ter, water blessed by the priest or bishop for certain religious uses; Hō′ly-week, the week before Easter, kept holy to commemorate our Lord's passion; Hō′ly-writ, the holy writings: the Scriptures.—Holy Alliance, a league formed after the fall of Napoleon (1815) by the sovereigns of Austria Russia, and Prussia, professedly to regulate all national and international relations in accordance with the principles of Christian charity; Holy city, Jerusalem: also specially applied to Rome, Mecca, Benares, Allahabad, &c.; Holy coat, the seamless coat of Jesus, claimed to be kept at Trèves; Holy communion (see Communion); Holy Family, the infant Saviour with Joseph, Mary, &c.; Holy Ghost, Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, proceeding from the Father and the Son; Holy grail (see Grail); Holy grass, a sweet-smelling grass about a foot high, with a brownish glossy lax panicle—sometimes strewed on the floors of churches on festival days, whence its name; Holy land, Palestine; Holy of holies, The most holy place, the inner chamber of the Jewish tabernacle, which the high-priest alone might enter, and but once a year; Holy One, God: Christ: the one who is holy, by way of emphasis: one separated to the service of God; Holy orders, ordination to the rank of minister in holy things: the Christian ministry; Holy places, scenes of the Saviour's life, the sepulchre, &c.; Holy quest, the search for the Holy grail; Holy Roman Empire, the official denomination of the German Empire from 962 down to 1806, when Francis II. of Hapsburg resigned the imperial title; Holy war, a name impiously given to a war for the extirpation of heresy, as that against the Albigenses, &c.: one of the Crusades. [A.S. hálig, lit. whole, perfect, healthy—hál, sound, whole; conn. with hail, heal, whole.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of holy in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of holy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Natty Hagood:

    Holy crap, I just got impaled.

  2. Ernest Renan:

    Man makes holy what he believes.

  3. National Geographic:

    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

  4. Pope Francis:

    The Holy See can make nice speeches.

  5. Loretta Lynn:

    I'd love to travel to the Holy Land.

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