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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)

  1. (obsolete) Holiness; sanctity; sacred honour.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
    • 1987, Poul and Karen Anderson, The King of Ys[1] (SciFi), page 422:
      Now he's put the final seal on his Kingship, his halidom, by slaying a challenger in the Wood.
  2. (archaic) A sanctuary; lands held of a religious foundation.
    • 1983, Poul Anderson, Time Patrolman (SciFi), Tom Doherty Associates, →ISBN:
      … save for Wodan, who had a richly bedecked halidom nearby.
  3. (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