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 One of the show’s earliest pieces, installed on the second floor, is, in effect, a civil rights era reliquary. New York Times, "Black Grief, White Grievance: Artists Search for Racial Justice," 18 Feb. 2021 The new chapel will include a reliquary for 27 saints, including St. Anthony of Padua himself, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Elizabeth. Meagan Ellsworth, Chron, "Groundbreaking ceremony blesses 'Our Lady of the Angels' chapel," 6 Feb. 2021 One personal reliquary housed at the British Museum, dated to 1340, is made from gold, amethyst, rock crystal, and enamel. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Lockets," 10 Aug. 2020 Sunga lifted the lid off one of the wooden reliquaries, rotten with age, and three skulls peered out at us. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Remote Solomon Islands Are a Diver's Paradise in the South Pacific," 22 May 2020 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. Washington Post, "Relic thought to be from Jesus’ manger arrives in Bethlehem," 1 Dec. 2019 Another powerful work associated with Saint Sebastian is a 1484 German monstrance, a gilded silver and rock crystal reliquary believed to contain a sliver of bone from the saint’s body. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art collection shows how humanity coped with pandemics from Black Death to AIDS," 26 Apr. 2020 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

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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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The first known use of reliquary was in 1652

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3 Mar 2021

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“Reliquary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reliquary. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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