Definition of holy of holies in English:

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holy of holies

Pronunciation: /ˌhōlē əv ˈhōlēz/

noun

1The inner chamber of the sanctuary in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, separated by a veil from the outer chamber. It was reserved for the presence of God and could be entered only by the High Priest on the Day of Atonement.
Example sentences
  • What did we read about when we read from the Torah and the prophets on that holy of holies of Jewish time?
  • After the priests had established the ark of the covenant in the holy of holies, a cloud filled the Temple, and the glory of God's presence was so powerful that the priests were overwhelmed.
  • He went into the temple and ate the bread in the holy of holies, that no person is to touch.
1.1A place regarded as most sacred or special: she had done the wrong thing, venturing into this holy of holies
More example sentences
  • Do you have your sacred space, where you build your stuff, your holy of holies?
  • For Holmes and Greene, this was an awe-inspiring event - a visit to the holy of holies, the inner sanctum, the behind-the-scenes epicenter of New England mineral collecting.
  • She stood for five days in endless queues before managing to enter the holy of holies - the Department of Welfare offices in Deals House.

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Syllabification: ho·ly of ho·lies

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