relic

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noun rel·ic \ˈre-lik\

Definition of relic

  1. 1 a :  an object esteemed and venerated because of association with a saint or martyr b :  souvenir, memento

  2. 2 plural :  remains, corpse

  3. 3 :  a survivor or remnant left after decay, disintegration, or disappearance

  4. 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>

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

relic

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noun rel·ic \ˈre-lik\

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

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noun rel·ic \ˈre-lik\

Definition of relic for Students

  1. 1 :  something left behind after decay or disappearance <They uncovered relics of an ancient city.>

  2. 2 :  an object that is considered holy because of its connection with a saint or martyr



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