Examples of relic in a sentence
a crude stone ax and other relics of the Neanderthals
in my grandparents' attic are many “groovy” relics from the 1960s
Origin and Etymology 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
RELIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of relic for English Language Learners
: 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
RELIC Defined for Kids
Definition of relic for Students
1 : something left behind after decay or disappearance They uncovered relics of an ancient city.
2 : an object that is considered holy because of its connection with a saint or martyr
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