- a holy place or thing
Origin of halidomMiddle English from Old English haligdom: see holy and -dom
- Something considered holy.
- A sanctuary.
Origin of halidomMiddle English from Old English hāligdōm hālig holy ; see holy . -dōm -dom
From Middle English halidom, haliȝdom, from Old English hāliġdōm (“holiness, righteousness, sanctity; holy place, sanctuary, chapel; relics, holy things; holy office; sacrament; holy doctrines”), corresponding to holy + -dom. Cognate with Dutch heiligdom (“sanctuary, shrine”), German Heiligtum (“sanctuary, shrine, holy relic”), Swedish helgedom (“shrine, sanctuary, temple, sanctum”), Icelandic helgidómur (“sanctuary, holy relic”).