noun \ˈshrīn, especially Southern ˈsrīn\

: a place connected with a holy person or event where people go to worship

: a place that people visit because it is connected with someone or something that is important to them

Full Definition of SHRINE

a :  a case, box, or receptacle; especially :  one in which sacred relics (as the bones of a saint) are deposited
b :  a place in which devotion is paid to a saint or deity :  sanctuary
c :  a niche containing a religious image
:  a receptacle (as a tomb) for the dead
:  a place or object hallowed by its associations

Examples of SHRINE

  1. the shrine of Saint Mary
  2. They erected a shrine to the saint.
  3. tourists visiting the shrines of American independence
  4. The writer's house has become a shrine to his fans.

Origin of SHRINE

Middle English, from Old English scrīn, from Latin scrinium case, chest
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to SHRINE

sanctuary, sanctum

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra


transitive verb

Definition of SHRINE

:  enshrine

First Known Use of SHRINE

14th century


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