- The definition of holy is religiously sacred or dedicated to God and religion.
- An example of holy used as an adjective is the phrase Holy Eucharist which means the bread and body of Christ given at Communion.
- An example of a holy person is Mother Theresa.
- Holy is defined as a place of worship.
An example of holy is a church.
- dedicated to religious use; belonging to or coming from God; consecrated; sacred
- spiritually perfect or pure; untainted by evil or sin; sinless; saintly
- regarded with or deserving deep respect, awe, reverence, or adoration
- Slang very much of a: a generalized intensifier: a holy terror
Origin of holyMiddle English holie from Old English halig (akin to German heilig) from base of Old English hal, sound, happy, whole: first used in Old English as translated, translation of Classical Latin sacer, sanctus, in the Vulgate
- Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred.
- Regarded with veneration or specified for a religious purpose: a holy book; a holy place.
- Living or undertaken with highly moral or spiritual purpose; saintly: a holy person; a holy way of life.
- Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence: The pursuit of peace is our holiest quest.
- Informal Used as an intensive: raised holy hell over the mischief their children did.
Origin of holyMiddle English holi from Old English hālig ; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative holier, superlative holiest)
- Dedicated to a religious purpose or a god.
- I'm planning to visit the holy city of Mecca this Ramadan.
- Revered in a religion.
- Perfect or flawless.
- Separated or set apart from (something unto something or someone else).
- Set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose, or for use by a single entity or person.
- (slang) Used as an intensifier in various interjections.
- Holy cow, I can’t believe he actually lost the race!
- (archaic) A thing that is extremely holy; used almost exclusively in Holy of Holies.
From Middle English holi, hali, from Old English hāliġ, hāleġ (“holy, consecrated, sacred, venerated, godly, saintly, ecclesiastical, pacific, tame”), from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (“holy, bringing health”), from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“healthy, whole”), from Proto-Indo-European *kóh₂ilus (“healthy, whole”), equivalent to whole + -y. Cognate with Scots haly (“holy”), West Frisian hillich (“holy”), Low German hillig (“holy”), Dutch heilig (“holy”), German heilig (“holy”), Danish hellig (“holy”), Swedish helig (“holy”). More at whole.