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[hal-ohd; in liturgical use often hal-oh-id] /ˈhæl oʊd; in liturgical use often ˈhæl oʊ ɪd/
regarded as holy; venerated; sacred:
Hallowed be Thy name; the hallowed saints; our hallowed political institutions.
Origin of hallowed
before 900; Middle English halwed; Old English (ge)halgod; see hallow1 + -ed2
Related forms
hallowedly, adverb
hallowedness, noun
blessed. See holy.


[hal-oh] /ˈhæl oʊ/
verb (used with object)
to make holy; sanctify; consecrate.
to honor as holy; consider sacred; venerate:
to hallow a battlefield.
before 900; Middle English hal(o)wen, Old English hālgian (cognate with German heiligen, Old Norse helga), derivative of hālig holy
Related forms
hallower, noun


[huh-loh] /həˈloʊ/
interjection, noun, verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
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Examples from the web for hallowed
  • On this hallowed field, they are used to a crackling quarterback controversy every few years.
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  • Guitar, drum, flute and singing combined in a hauntingly melodic paean to these hallowed grounds.
  • Imagine you could tell an automaker to bring back a hallowed example of vehicular history, complete with modern technology.
  • To some outside of the city, though, it stands as a hallowed battlefield that must be shielded and memorialized.
  • To range widely and cannily through hundreds of poems was the mark of involvement in something hallowed and distinctive.
  • Reunification of the peninsula remains a hallowed goal on either side.
  • They are all hallowed places, somber and impeccably maintained.
  • But first a word about why said odd-sounding vestment is appearing in these hallowed pages.
British Dictionary definitions for hallowed


/ˈhæləʊd; liturgical ˈhæləʊɪd/
set apart as sacred
consecrated or holy
Derived Forms
hallowedness, noun


verb (transitive)
to consecrate or set apart as being holy
to venerate as being holy
Derived Forms
hallower, noun
Word Origin
Old English hālgian, from hāligholy
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Word Origin and History for hallowed



Old English halgian "to make holy, to honor as holy, consecrate, ordain," related to halig "holy," from Proto-Germanic *hailaga- (cf. Old Saxon helagon, Middle Dutch heligen, Old Norse helga), from PIE root *kailo- "whole, uninjured, of good omen" (see health). Used in Christian translations to render Latin sanctificare. Also used since Old English as a noun meaning "holy person, saint." Related: Hallowed; hallowing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hallowed in the Bible

to render sacred, to consecrate (Ex. 28:38; 29:1). This word is from the Saxon, and properly means "to make holy." The name of God is "hallowed", i.e., is reverenced as holy (Matt. 6:9).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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