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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English holi, hali, from Old English hāliġ, hāleġ (holy, consecrated, sacred, venerated, godly, saintly, ecclesiastical, pacific, tame), from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (holy, bringing health), from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (healthy, whole), from Proto-Indo-European *kóh₂ilus (healthy, whole), equivalent to whole +‎ -y. Cognate with Scots haly (holy), West Frisian hillich (holy), Low German hillig (holy), Dutch heilig (holy), German heilig (holy), Danish hellig (holy), Swedish helig (holy). More at whole.

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holy (comparative holier, superlative holiest)

  1. Dedicated to a religious purpose or a god.
    I'm planning to visit the holy city of Jerusalem this Christmas.
  2. Revered in a religion.
  3. Perfect or flawless.
  4. Separated or set apart from (something unto something or someone else).
  5. Set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose, or for use by a single entity or person.
  6. (slang) Used as an intensifier in various interjections.
    Holy cow, I can’t believe he actually lost the race!
    Those children next door are holy terrors!

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holy (plural holies)

  1. (archaic) A thing that is extremely holy; used almost exclusively in Holy of Holies.
    • Franz von Reber, Joseph Thacher Clarke, History of Ancient Art (1882) p. 146:
      The holy of holies, a cubical space of ten cubits on the side, was separated from the larger antechamber by four columns, which were also covered with gold and stood upon silver sockets; they bore a second curtain of four colors.

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Etymology 1Edit

From Old English hāliġ, from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz; equivalent to hool +‎ -y.

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holy (inflected form holye, comparative holyere, superlative holyest)

  1. Dedicated to or separated for a religious purpose; sacred, consecrated.
  2. Characterized by virtue or perfection.
    • 1407, The Testimony of William Thorpe, page 37:
      [] of moost holi lyuynge, and best taught and moost wyse of heuenly wysdom []
      [] of the most holy living, and the best-taught and wisest heavenly wisdom []
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holy (plural holies)

  1. The state of being holy; holiness.
  2. One who is sanctified or made holy; a saint, hallow
  3. A sacred place; a sanctuary
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From hol +‎ -y

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holy

  1. Full of holes or cavities; porous, spongy; hollow.
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