reliquary

noun
rel·​i·​quary | \ ˈre-lə-ˌkwer-ē How to pronounce reliquary (audio) \
plural reliquaries

Definition of reliquary

: a container or shrine in which sacred relics are kept

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His small-scale art works often invoke Catholic imagery and can suggest reliquaries. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "In Chicago, Overlooked Achievements by L.G.B.T.Q. Artists," 2 Aug. 2019 Elsewhere, King Stephen’s mummified right hand (it was found uncorrupted after his death and is regarded as a holy relic) was being readied to go on parade in its jeweled reliquary. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 Also destroyed were the sculptures adorning the doorways, and the reliquaries and bronze statues inside. National Geographic, "An 800-year history of Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral," 15 Apr. 2019 Built on the collection amassed over several decades by the museum’s founder, oil heiress Dominique de Menil, and her husband, John de Menil, the museum’s holdings range from Mayan ceramics to medieval reliquaries to Magritte paintings. Lesley M.m. Blume, WSJ, "Houston’s Menil Collection Will Open a New Drawing Institute In November," 10 Oct. 2018 Among the 13 vibrant paintings, a reliquary from the Gardner’s collection is reunited with three from Florence, which together depict the Virgin Mary’s life. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 30 Mar. 2018 There are multiple legends of Saint Valentine, and different reliquaries in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland, England and France all claim to have bones attributed to a Saint Valentine. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Mysterious History of the Real Saint Behind Valentine's Day," 14 Feb. 2018 Elsewhere, King Stephen’s mummified right hand (it was found uncorrupted after his death and is regarded as a holy relic) was being readied to go on parade in its jeweled reliquary. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 Also destroyed were the sculptures adorning the doorways, and the reliquaries and bronze statues inside. National Geographic, "An 800-year history of Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral," 15 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of reliquary

1652, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reliquary

French reliquaire, from Medieval Latin reliquiarium, from reliquia relic — more at relic

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reliquary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reliquary

: a container that is used to hold holy objects (called relics)

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