noun rel·ic \ˈre-lik\

: something that is from a past time, place, culture, etc.

: an object (such as a piece of clothing or the bone of a saint) that is considered holy

Full Definition of RELIC

a :  an object esteemed and venerated because of association with a saint or martyr
b :  souvenir, memento
plural :  remains, corpse
:  a survivor or remnant left after decay, disintegration, or disappearance
:  a trace of some past or outmoded practice, custom, or belief

Examples of RELIC

  1. <a crude stone ax and other relics of the Neanderthals>
  2. <in my grandparents' attic are many groovy relics from the 1960s>

Origin of RELIC

Middle English relik, from Anglo-French relike, from Medieval Latin reliquia, from Late Latin reliquiae, plural, remains of a martyr, from Latin, remains, from relinquere to leave behind — more at relinquish
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with RELIC

RELICS Defined for Kids


noun rel·ic \ˈre-lik\

Definition of RELIC for Kids

:  something left behind after decay or disappearance <They uncovered relics of an ancient city.>
:  an object that is considered holy because of its connection with a saint or martyr


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