Definition of hallow in English:



  • 1Honour as holy.

    ‘the Ganges is hallowed as a sacred, cleansing river’
    • ‘In ancient times, at this very place, inside the walls of the hallowed city of Jerusalem, the ancestors of today's Jews also greeted a new Torah scroll with torches and dancing.’
    • ‘The Lord calls upon the faithful to set aside their material possessions and gather on hallowed ground to await their salvation.’
    • ‘After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.’
    • ‘The rites would have been included in the Book of Occasional Services, which carries less heft with Episcopalians than the hallowed Book of Common Prayer.’
    • ‘Though doubtless hallowed ground, the city fathers considered it now, 120 years on, far too valuable to languish as a repository for any fusty detritus the locals cared to throw in.’
    • ‘Many of them bent to kiss the newly hallowed ground in thanks and blessing.’
    • ‘On a cold, damp winter day in central Maryland, U.S., a beautiful wooded hillside was transformed into a sacred grove, hallowed ground.’
    • ‘On the whole, however, I would be more conservative with regard to the use of the Sanctus because of its hallowed place in the history of the Eucharistic prayer.’
    • ‘Even without such extreme risk of discovery in a large city, Prophets could not walk on hallowed ground.’
    • ‘Cut out very clearly you can read it. ‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name’, goodness.’
    • ‘He bemoaned that many Hindu temples in America are principally ostentatious vehicles for flaunting the wealth of their rich benefactors rather than hallowed ground for community worship.’
    • ‘But when the Reality becomes incarnate as the express Image of God, images become hallowed.’
    • ‘To invoke a hallowed Jewish category, Judaism is the religion that my Jewish ethnicity commands of me.’
    • ‘So hallowed was the grain, that it was taboo to plant any other crop in the rice fields.’
    • ‘They penetrate every nook and cranny of a person's existence, hallowing even the lowliest acts and elevating them to a service to God.’
    • ‘It seemed like a sacred place, like hallowed ground and he instinctively did what he could to honor it.’
    • ‘The first is the Bible's admonition to those who naïvely presume that it is their simple human right to live on this hallowed ground.’
    • ‘The Jew who prays today not only maintains the most hallowed of Jewish practices, he integrates the full range of the connections the Patriarchs established with God into his own spiritual essence.’
    • ‘Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name…’
    • ‘So holy is the spot to Judaism, that only when the Jewish Messiah arrives will Jews be permitted to once again step on the hallowed ground where their distant forbears worshipped.’
    1. 1.1 Make holy; consecrate.
      ‘hallowed ground’
      • ‘Throughout the ages, God has always hallowed certain places and been present to them in a special way.’
      • ‘What Lincoln actually said at Gettysburg was: ‘We cannot dedicate - we cannot consecrate - we cannot hallow this ground.’’
      • ‘This is the sacrament of Holy Communion, instituted and hallowed by Christ himself - assuring us that we are accepted in the Beloved.’
      • ‘In all, this is a handsome book which gave me much pleasure as I toured vicariously places hallowed by centuries of Catholic piety.’
      • ‘In his CALL OF THE HORNED PIPER, Nigel Jackson gives a simple sort of ‘Eucharist’ consecration for hallowing bread and some milk or ale to the fey.’
      • ‘With this admixture he hallowed altar, walls, and floor, and spilled out that which remained at the base of the white altar stone.’
      • ‘The two vessels closest to the observer's eye further hallow this sanctum.’
      • ‘Noah planted the grape vine and became drunk on its wine; Christ hallowed the fruit of the vine by pouring out his blood, uniting it with wine in the sacrament.’
      • ‘It is not the ground that hallowed the lives within its realm, but the lives that hallow the site.’
      • ‘But the most significant long-term result was to make marriage a respectable institution - a legal union regulated by the state and hallowed by the state church.’
      holy, sacred, consecrated, sanctified, blessed, blest
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    2. 1.2usually as adjective hallowed Greatly revere and honour.
      ‘the hallowed turf of Wimbledon’
      • ‘Heir to a Maryland billionaire's catalogue business fortune, Jonze married, less than a year ago, the heiress to one of Hollywood's most hallowed families.’
      • ‘Both girls were picked on the strength of some great display for their school and they had a super day at headquarters and join a select group of Charlestown players to play on the hallowed turf of Croke Park.’
      • ‘Watton Field is hallowed turf in the town surrounded by homes inhabited by senior citizens.’
      • ‘Moreover, any changes - even much-needed ones - that overturn hallowed traditions risk alienating the artisans who are the historical memory of the house.’
      • ‘Since my days on the backbenches of the House I have made it my burden to initiate new MPs into the hallowed ways and traditions of the chamber.’
      • ‘There was no scientific evidence for any of this, and the evidence actually contradicted the belief, but since it was hallowed by tradition, it persisted.’
      • ‘I even took Archie down to the club, albeit by accident, to show him the hallowed turf.’
      • ‘It is no offence to the most hallowed traditions of our criminal law to prohibit a defendant from raising irrelevant material, whether he seeks to do so by evidence of fact or argument of law.’
      • ‘He never once took off his coat while in the oval office, in reverence to its hallowed walls.’
      • ‘He is, in fact, a politician - in the most hallowed tradition, looking out for No. 1.’
      • ‘It is less than two years since Pat Stephenson's men graced the hallowed turf in the final of the Junior Vase, with a 36-20 victory over Hoylake sparking joyous scenes.’
      • ‘The pair stepped on to the hallowed turf where they made their names to conduct a half-time prize-draw.’
      • ‘Breaking with hallowed tradition, The Hootsmon ran an obituary last Saturday.’
      • ‘Its setting, the courtroom, is a significative and instantly recognizable space, and it relies on a set of props that have been hallowed by centuries of reverential use.’
      • ‘In teams managed and captained by former club legends, they play on the hallowed turf wearing the famous jersey.’
      • ‘Each co-op student has a hallowed and sacrosanct duty, which was enshrined, by the Freemasons, at the founding of co-op in 14th century Damascus.’
      • ‘‘I've always wanted to do this,’ he shouted over his shoulder, doing a sharp U-turn over the hallowed turf.’
      • ‘To judge by her background and public writings, the choice of Miers appears in line with the court's most hallowed traditions.’
      • ‘Football is a religion, and Barcelona's Neu Camp Stadium is hallowed turf.’
      holy, sacred, consecrated, sanctified, blessed, blest
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  • A saint or holy person.


Old English hālgian (verb), hālga (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German heiligen, also to holy.