reliquary

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noun rel·i·quary \ˈre-lə-ˌkwer-ē\

Definition of reliquary

plural

reliquaries

  1. :  a container or shrine in which sacred relics are kept

Origin and Etymology of reliquary

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


First Known Use: 1652

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RELIQUARY Defined for English Language Learners

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noun rel·i·quary \ˈre-lə-ˌkwer-ē\

Definition of reliquary for English Language Learners

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


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