Grail Definition

grāl
noun
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.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
The object of a prolonged endeavor.
American Heritage

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

Wiktionary

(poetic) Small particles of earth; gravel.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
Sangraalholy grailchaliceholy dishsacred vessel
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abbreviation
(space science, NASA) Initialism of Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory.
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Other Word Forms of Grail

Noun

Singular:
grail
Plural:
grails

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

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