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
Recent Examples of relic from the Web
Boarding passes could someday become quaint relics for air travelers.
If the workers were treated like heroes upon their return, the perishable mangoes were given the sort of deference usually reserved for religious relics and artifacts.
Although the flight test proved Minuteman is still capable of performing its mission, major components of the missile and the control centers used to launch them are Cold War-era relics that have become increasingly expensive to maintain.
NASA had yet to build much of its own museum system, and the Smithsonian had use for a limited number of space relics to display beside the Wright Brothers’ plane and the Spirit of St. Louis.
This week’s gallery features images of demonstrators in Brazil and Venezuela, and Russian Orthodox Christians kissing relics of Saint Nicholas.
All these places are packed with places of interest, including cemeteries, military relics, museums, and memorials.
Both players are relics of the Yankees’ last championship.
Those disclaimers are to Twitter what the appendix is to the human body—near-useless relics that mostly just take up space.
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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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