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Etymology 1[edit]

Old French graal(cup), from Medieval Latin gradalis, possibly corrupted over time from Latin crater(bowl).


grail (plural grails)

  1. The Holy Grail.
  2. The object of an extended or difficult quest.[1]
    Becoming an astronaut was his grail.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French grael, ultimately from Latin graduale.


grail (plural grails)

  1. A book of offices in the Roman Catholic Church; a gradual.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of T. Warton to this entry?)
    • Strype
      antiphonals, missals, grails, processionals, etc.

Etymology 3[edit]

Origin uncertain; perhaps a reduced form of gravel.


grail (uncountable)

  1. (poetic) Small particles of earth; gravel.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.vii:
      Hereof this gentle knight vnweeting was, / And lying downe vpon the sandie graile, / Drunke of the streame, as cleare as cristall glas [...].

Etymology 4[edit]

Compare Old French graite slender.


grail (plural grails)

  1. One of the small feathers of a hawk.