relic

noun rel·ic \ ˈre-lik \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of relic

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

Examples of relic in a Sentence

  1. a crude stone ax and other relics of the Neanderthals

  2. in my grandparents' attic are many “groovy” relics from the 1960s

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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



RELIC Defined for English Language Learners

relic

noun

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

relic

noun rel·ic \ ˈre-lik \

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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