An example of holy is a church.
A holy person; a holy way of life.
The pursuit of peace is our holiest quest.
Raised holy hell over the mischief their children did.
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.
A holy book; a holy place.
A holy terror.
Origin of holy
- Middle English holi from Old English hālig kailo- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.