An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sacred)
a. santo
You should act respectfully on this holy ground.Debes actuar respetuosamente en esta tierra santa.
b. sagrado
We remained silent when we entered the holy place.Nos mantuvimos en silencio cuando entramos al lugar sagrado.
c. de precepto
December 12th, the day of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, is a holy day of obligation in Mexico.El 12 de diciembre, el día de la Virgen María de Guadalupe, es un día de precepto obligado en México.
2. (pious)
a. santo
The villagers considered him a holy man, and asked him for his advice and guidance.Los aldeanos lo consideraban un hombre santo, y le pedían consejo y guía.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. santo(a)
the Holy Biblela Sagrada Biblia
2. (colloquial)
holy cow or smoke or mackerel!¡madre del amor hermoso!
Holy CommunionSagrada Comunión f
the Holy Fatherel Santo Padre
the Holy Ghostel Espíritu Santo
3. (fam pej)
Holy Joemeapilas mf inv
the Holy LandTierra Santa
holy orderssagradas órdenes fpl
the Holy Spiritel Espíritu Santo
holy warguerra santa
holy wateragua bendita
Holy WeekSemana Santa
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holy [ˈhəʊlɪ] holier (comparative)holiest (superlative)
[+place, book] sagrado; santo; [+church, shrine] sagrado; [+person] santo; [+day] de precepto
the holiest day in the Jewish calendar el principal día de precepto or la principal fiesta de guardar del calendario judío
holy cow or mackerel or smoke! ¡(por) Dios bendito! (informal)
"Holy cow, I don't believe it!" "Oswald has been shot — Holy mackerel!" "Holy smoke, what's wrong with these guys?"
holy shit! ¡mierda! (very_informal)
I thought, "holy shit! What am I doing"?
to be a holy terror [+child] ser (más malo que) un demonio
the Holy Bible (n) la Santa Biblia
the Holy City (n) la Ciudad Santa
Holy Communion (n) Sagrada Comunión (f)
...the Sunday celebration of Holy Communion
the Holy Father (n) el Santo Padre
...they renewed their vows in the Holy Father's presence
the Holy Ghost (n) el Espíritu Santo
the Holy Grail (n) el Santo Grial
the Holy Land (n) la Tierra Santa
...pilgrimages to the Holy Land
holy man (n) santón (m)
holy matrimony (n) santo matrimonio (m)
Here we were, about to be joined in holy matrimony
holy oil (n) santos óleos (m)
Father Cuthbert had anointed his eyes, brow, mouth, hands and feet with holy oil
holy orders (n) órdenes (f) sagradas
Afterwards he trained for holy orders
to be in holy orders ser sacerdote
I learned he was once in Holy Orders
to take holy orders ordenarse sacerdote
The church had finally relented and allowed women to take holy orders
the Holy Roman Empire (n) el Sacro Imperio Romano Germánico
Holy Saturday (n) Sábado (m) Santo
the Holy See (n) la Santa Sede
the Holy Sepulchre (n) el Santo Sepulcro
the Holy Spirit (n) el Espíritu Santo
I believe in the Holy Spirit
the Holy Trinity (n) la Santísima Trinidad
holy war (n) guerra (f) santa
holy water (n) agua (f) bendita
Holy Week (n) Semana (f) Santa
...the Holy Week procession in Seville
Holy Writ (n) Sagradas Escrituras (f)
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