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

Examples of reliquary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Young Palestinian scouts played bagpipes and the crowd snapped pictures as a clergyman held the silver reliquary and marched toward the church. Washington Post, "Relic thought to be from Jesus’ manger arrives in Bethlehem," 1 Dec. 2019 Young Palestinian scouts played bagpipes and the crowd snapped pictures as a clergyman held the silver reliquary and marched toward the church. NBC News, "Relic thought to be from Jesus' manger arrives in Bethlehem," 30 Nov. 2019 Young Palestinian scouts played bagpipes and the crowd snapped pictures as a clergyman held the silver reliquary and marched toward the church. Imad Isseid, chicagotribune.com, "Relic that some believe to be part of Jesus’ manger arrives in Bethlehem," 30 Nov. 2019 The skeletal remains of St. Magnus, a Roman centurion, and St. Bonosa, a young Roman virgin, are on display in glass reliquaries under the two side altars of the church. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "A Louisville church displays 1,800-year-old skeletons, and 'Jeopardy!' asked about it," 29 Aug. 2019 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

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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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28 Dec 2019

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“Reliquary.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reliquary. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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reliquary

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English Language Learners Definition of reliquary

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

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