holy of holiesholy of ho·lies
- the innermost part of the Jewish tabernacle and Temple, where the ark of the covenant was kept
- any most sacred place
Origin of holy of holiestranslated, translation of Classical Hebrew (language) q?desh haqad?shim
holy of holies
- Judaism The sanctuary inside the tabernacle in the Temple of Jerusalem, in which the Ark of the Covenant was kept.
- Eastern Orthodox Church The bema or sanctuary in a church.
- A place of awe.
Origin of holy of holiesTranslation of Late Latin sanctum sanct&omacron;rum (ultimately translation of Hebrew q&omacron;deš haq-qodašîm) : sanctum, neuter of sanctus, holy + sanct&omacron;rum, neuter genitive pl. of sanctus.