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holy grail (goal)


a difficult or near-impossible goal that would be a major benefit


cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)


holy grails

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Usage example:

A grand unified theory of the universe is the holy grail of theoretical physics.

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Definition references  (+images)


Holy Grail

a dish, plate, stone, or cup that is part of an important theme of Arthurian literature. A grail, wondrous but not explicitly "holy," first appears in Perceval le Gallois, an unfinished romance by Chr├ętien de Troyes: it's a processional salver used to... (42 of 3788 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Holy Grail

Random House Dictionary:

grail | holy grail | Sangraal | Sangreal | Grail [sense-specific] | Grail: Holy Grail [synonym, sense-specific]

"Grail": a cup or chalice that in medieval legend was associated with ... | "grail" or "Grail": [informal] any greatly desired and sought-after ... (22 of 70 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)



holy grail | holy grails [plural]

A distant, near-impossible goal. (4 of 5 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/holy grail

Collins Dictionary:

goal | goalless [adjective, derived]

the aim or object towards which an endeavour is directed | the terminal point of a journey or race | (in various sports) the net, basket, etc into or ... (27 of 552 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)



goal | aim [synonym, sense-specific] | ambition [synonym, sense-specific] | aspiration [synonym, sense-specific] | bourne [synonym, sense-specific] | design [synonym, sense-specific] | dream [synonym, sense-specific] | end [synonym, sense-specific] | idea [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the terminal point of a race ; an area to be reached safely in children's games | the end toward which effort is directed; "aim" | an area or object ... (28 of 256 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)


Oxford Dictionary:

goal | in goal | goalless [derived] | goalwards [derived]

(in football, rugby, hockey, and some other games) a pair of posts linked ... | an instance of sending the ball into or over the goal, especially as a ... (28 of 177 words, 7 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

goal [countable] | goals [plural]

something that you hope to achieve | the net or structure that you try to get the ball into in games such as football and basketball ; the action of ... (29 of 161 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

goal [entry 1] | be/play in goal | be in goal | play in goal

an area on a playing field, that usually has two posts with a net fixed ... | a point scored in some sports, such as football or hockey, when a player ... (30 of 110 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/goal 1

goal [entry 2]

an aim or purpose (4 of 55 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/goal 2

American Heritage Dictionary:


The purpose toward which an endeavor is directed; an objective. | [sports] ; The finish line of a race. | A specified structure or zone into or over ... (26 of 77 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:


the line or place at which a race, trip, etc. is ended | an object or end that one strives to attain; aim | in certain games, ; the line, crossbar, or ... (30 of 68 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

grail | holy grail

something that is eagerly sought (5 of 18 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861614875​/definition​.html  [offline]

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