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Holy City

noun, (sometimes lowercase)
a city regarded as particularly sacred by the adherents of a religious faith, as Jerusalem by Jews and Christians, Mecca and Medina by Muslims, and Varanasi by Hindus.
Origin of Holy City
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Below the Kansas boy lay the Holy City of an ancient civilization in all its breadth of ingenuity and narrowness 392 of spirit.

    Winning the Wilderness Margaret Hill McCarter
  • So she wore the sacrificial air of a young nun and played "The Holy City."

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • No well-conducted female should presume to bear the name of the Holy City.

  • He followed in the wake of the devotees who traversed the long road to the Holy City.

    Peter the Hermit Daniel A. Goodsell
  • The females who come on pilgrimage to the Holy City are entertained in these.

British Dictionary definitions for Holy City

Holy City

noun the Holy City
Jerusalem, esp when regarded as the focal point of the religions of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam
(Christianity) heaven regarded as the perfect counterpart of Jerusalem
any city regarded as especially sacred by a particular religion
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