- halidame, holidame (erroneous)
From Middle English halidom, haliȝdom, from Old English hāliġdōm (“holiness, righteousness, sanctity; holy place, sanctuary, chapel; relics, holy things; holy office; sacrament; holy doctrines”), corresponding to holy + -dom. Cognate with Dutch heiligdom (“sanctuary, shrine”), German Heiligtum (“sanctuary, shrine, holy relic”), Swedish helgedom (“shrine, sanctuary, temple, sanctum”), Icelandic helgidómur (“sanctuary, holy relic”).
halidom (plural halidoms)
- (obsolete) Holiness; sanctity; sacred honour.
- (archaic) A sanctuary; lands held of a religious foundation.
- (archaic) Something regarded as sacred; a holy relic.
- 1819: “By my halidom,” said he, “we have forgotten, Sir Prior, to name the fair Sovereign of Love and of Beauty, by whose white hand the palm is to be distributed.” — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
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