rel·​i·​quary ˈre-lə-ˌkwer-ē How to pronounce reliquary (audio)
plural reliquaries
: a container or shrine in which sacred relics are kept

Examples of reliquary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hierophany & Hedge is a shop that sells cauldrons, crystals, candles, incense, eclipse reliquaries and other hermetic devices, magic books, Pharaonic tomb and other exotic reagents, talismans, wands and more. Charles Infosino, The Enquirer, 10 May 2023 Hiller gave it to his son, Paul, who in 1911 supposedly transferred it to a new reliquary. oregonlive, 26 Mar. 2023 The reliquary that outlasts the bone of the saint. Rick Barot, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 The next day, my boyfriend and I decided to explore the pocket-sized town of Irgoli, taking in its colorful street murals and its magnificent San Nicola church, which houses a reliquary containing what is believed to be a thorn from the crown of Jesus. Siobhan Reid, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2022 While the pitch clock, bigger bases and limited pickoff throws are all new rules the Rangers, and all of baseball, must adjust to, there are two areas in which Bochy excelled that are now stored in the reliquary of rule changes. Dallas News, 15 Feb. 2023 The head of a bishop’s staff, a reliquary, and small sculptures depicting religious figures are among the hundreds of walrus ivory artifacts that have been found at medieval sites across Europe. Zach Zorich, Discover Magazine, 10 Feb. 2021 One reliquary grouping assembles a few of his portable possessions: his camera, some music tapes. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2022 To declare her dedication to the Catholic faith, Mary wore a reliquary and a cross owned by her Spanish mother. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reliquary was in 1652

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Cite this Entry

“Reliquary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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rel·​i·​quary ˈrel-ə-ˌkwer-ē How to pronounce reliquary (audio)
plural reliquaries
: a small box or shrine in which sacred relics are kept

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