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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, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
      “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.”