reliquary

noun rel·i·quary \ ˈre-lə-ˌkwer-ē \

Definition of reliquary

plural reliquaries
:a container or shrine in which sacred relics are kept

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Origin and Etymology of reliquary

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

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RELIQUARY Defined for English Language Learners

reliquary

noun

Definition of reliquary for English Language Learners

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


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