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grail

A grail is some valuable thing you search for or pursue. A golfer's holy grail might be a hole in one.

While the object of any serious pursuit is commonly described as a "holy grail," many who use the term might not know its origin. The original Holy Grail is a valuable chalice, cup, or plate — often made of gold — that's sought in medieval and Arthurian legends. The influence of Christianity makes the grail "holy," originally because it was said to have been used at the Last Supper. Grail has a Medieval Latin root, gradalis, "flat dish."

Definitions of grail
  1. noun
    the object of any prolonged endeavor
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    type of:
    aim, object, objective, target
    the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
  2. noun
    (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper
    synonyms: Holy Grail, Sangraal
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    example of:
    chalice, goblet
    a bowl-shaped drinking vessel; especially the Eucharistic cup
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