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.
1987, Poul and Karen Anderson, The King of Ys (SciFi), page 422:
- Now he's put the final seal on his Kingship, his halidom, by slaying a challenger in the Wood.
- (archaic) A sanctuary; lands held of a religious foundation.
1983, Poul Anderson, Time Patrolman (SciFi), Tom Doherty Associates, ISBN 9780812530766:
- … save for Wodan, who had a richly bedecked halidom nearby.
- (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