Grail Grail, n. [OF. graal, greal, greet, F. graal, gr['e]al, LL. gradalis, gradale, prob. derived fr. L. crater bowl, mixing vessel, Gr. krath`r. See {Crater.}] A broad, open dish; a chalice; -- only used of the {Holy Grail}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The Holy Grail, according to some legends of the Middle Ages, was the cup used by our Savior in dispensing the wine at the last supper; and according to others, the platter on which the paschal lamb was served at the last Passover observed by our Lord. This cup, according to the legend, if appoached by any but a perfectly pure and holy person, would be borne away and vanish from the sight. The quest of the Holy Grail was to be undertaken only by a knight who was perfectly chaste in thought, word, and act. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • GRAIL — Imagen artística del tándem de naves GRAIL sobre la superficie lunar Organización NASA / Laboratorio de propulsión a chorro (JPL) Contratos principales Loc …   Wikipedia Español

  • GRAIL — Mondsonden GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) ist eine geplante Mondmission der NASA, die im Rahmen des Discovery Programms durchgeführt werden soll. GRAIL besteht aus zwei gemeinsam gestarteten Raumsonden, die ab 2011 den Mond… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • grail — c.1300, the Holy Grail, from O.Fr. graal Holy Grail, cup, earlier large shallow dish, from M.L. gradalis a flat dish or shallow vessel, perhaps ultimately from L. crater bowl, from Gk. krater bowl, especially for mixing wine with water. Holy… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Grail — Grail, n. [F. gr[^e]le hail, from gr[ E]s grit, OHG. griex, grioz, G. gries, gravel, grit. See {Grit.}] Small particles of earth; gravel. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Lying down upon the sandy grail. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • GRAIL — may refer to:* The formal language GRAIL, see OpenGALEN * Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, an Orbiter mission to the MoonSee also Grail …   Wikipedia

  • Grail — [grāl] n. [ME graal < OFr < ML gradalis, flat dish, cup < ? VL * cratalis < L crater, mixing bowl: see CRATER] 1. Medieval Legend the cup or platter used by Jesus at the Last Supper, and by Joseph of Arimathea to collect drops of… …   English World dictionary

  • Grail — (gr[=a]l), n. [Cf. OF. graite slender, F. gr[^e]te.] One of the small feathers of a hawk. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grail — Grail, n. [OF. greel, LL. gradale. See {Gradual}, n.] A book of offices in the Roman Catholic Church; a gradual. [Obs.] T. Warton. [1913 Webster] Such as antiphonals, missals, grails, processionals, etc. Strype. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grail — [greıl] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: grael, from Medieval Latin gradalis dish ] →↑Holy Grail …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Grail — Nom porté dans le Forez et le Velay. C est un terme ayant le sens de corbeau, utilisé soit comme sobriquet (personne à la voix criarde ?), soit plutôt comme toponyme (lieu fréquenté par les corbeaux) : de très nombreux lieux dits s appellent le… …   Noms de famille

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”