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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Grail
A book of offices in the Roman Catholic Church; a gradual.

Etymology: OF. greel, LL. gradale. See Gradual (n.)

noun Grail
A broad, open dish; a chalice; -- only used of the Holy Grail.

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.

Etymology: OF. graal greal, greet, F. graal gréal, LL. gradalis gradale, prob. derived fr. L. crater bowl, mixing vessel, Gr. krath`r. See Crater.

noun Grail
Small particles of earth; gravel.

Etymology: F. grêle hail, from grÉs grit, OHG. griex grioz, G. gries, gravel, grit. See Grit.

noun Grail
One of the small feathers of a hawk.

Etymology: Cf. OF. graite slender, F. grête

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper
  2. The object of any prolonged endeavor

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

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

From Old French grael, ultimately from Latin graduale.

  1. A book of offices in the Roman Catholic Church; a gradual.

Origin uncertain; perhaps a reduced form of gravel.

  1. (poetic) Small particles of earth; gravel.

Compare Old French graite slender.

  1. One of the small feathers of a hawk.

    Notable Persons Named Grail

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Grail

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    Jérémy Grail is an athlete for the ASF Andrézieux.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Grail U.S.
      White 97.22% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Grail

    People with the last name Grail are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Grail

    • How Popular is the name Grail? As a last name Grail was the 151,532nd most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Grail first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Grail is Monday, August 30th, 1886.
    • How unique is the name Grail? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Grail. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Grail: Your name in reverse order is Liarg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Alrig. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Grail? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 108 people with the last name Grail.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Grail? Grail is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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