- Medieval Legend the cup or platter used by Jesus at the Last Supper, and by Joseph of Arimathea to collect drops of Jesus' blood at the Crucifixion: the chivalric quest for the Grail, which later disappeared, is treated in Malory's Morte Darthur, Wagner's Parsifal, etc.
- Holy Grail (sense )
Origin of GrailMiddle English graal ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin gradalis, flat dish, cup ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Vulgar Latin an unverified form cratalis ; from Classical Latin crater, mixing bowl: see crater
- Grail A cup or plate that, according to medieval legend, was used by Jesus at the Last Supper and later became the object of many chivalric quests.
- often Grail The object of a prolonged endeavor. In both senses also called Holy Grail.
Origin of grailMiddle English greal, from Old French graal, from Medieval Latin gradalis, flat dish, of unknown origin.
- The Holy Grail.
- The object of an extended or difficult quest.
- Becoming an astronaut was his grail.
Old French graal (“cup”), from Medieval Latin gradalis.
- A book of offices in the Roman Catholic Church; a gradual.
From Old French grael, ultimately from Latin graduale.
- (poetic) Small particles of earth; gravel.
Origin uncertain; perhaps a reduced form of gravel.
Compare Old French graite slender.
- (space science, NASA) Initialism of Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory.