Grail meaning

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(space science, NASA) Initialism of Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory.
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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.
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The object of a prolonged endeavor.
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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.
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The Holy Grail.
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The object of an extended or difficult quest.

Becoming an astronaut was his grail.

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A book of offices in the Roman Catholic Church; a gradual.

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(poetic) Small particles of earth; gravel.
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One of the small feathers of a hawk.
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Origin of grail

  • Middle English greal from Old French graal from Medieval Latin gradālis flat dish, of unknown origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French grael, ultimately from Latin graduale.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old French graal (“cup”), from Medieval Latin gradalis.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin uncertain; perhaps a reduced form of gravel.

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare Old French graite slender.

    From Wiktionary