\ ˈshrīn How to pronounce shrine (audio) , especially Southern ˈsrīn\

Definition of shrine

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1a : a case, box, or receptacle especially : one in which sacred relics (such as the bones of a saint) are deposited
b : a place in which devotion is paid to a saint or deity : sanctuary
c : a niche containing a religious image
2 : a receptacle (such as a tomb) for the dead
3 : a place or object hallowed by its associations


shrined; shrining

Definition of shrine (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for shrine

Synonyms: Noun

sanctuary, sanctum

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Examples of shrine in a Sentence


the shrine of Saint Mary They erected a shrine to the saint. tourists visiting the shrines of American independence The writer's house has become a shrine to his fans.
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The royal couple visited the home of Leicester City Football Club to see the thousands of flowers, football shirts, and scarves that have become a temporary shrine to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the other victims. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Made a Somber Visit to Leicester Today," 28 Nov. 2018 The effect is madcap-Victorian-ecclesiastical, a shrine to obsessive collecting. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "The Cultish Home That Draws Fans of Americana Design," 3 Aug. 2018 Casual dining is better than ever, with newcomers like Charter Oak, a shrine to open-fire cooking. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Towns are marked by their cathedrals, convents and roadside shrines, where the Virgin watches passing traffic or St. George slays the dragon. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India," 1 Jan. 2019 About eight years ago, Magoon and a bunch of Boston firefighters were sitting around Florian Hall, the firefighters shrine in Dorchester, having a couple of beers. Kevin Cullen,, "What’s a little rain when you’ve survived war?," 16 Apr. 2018 In her soliloquy to her dead son, Mustafa’s mother reminded him of his sister, killed in an attack on the Kart-e Sakhi shrine last year. Fatima Faizi And Rod Nordland, New York Times, "‘May God Kill Your Own Son’: Bomb Rips Families Apart in Kabul," 21 Mar. 2018 Unlike many celebrities, masters of feeds that serve as shrines to themselves, Hathaway is more likely to compose an inspirational message, a political rallying cry, or—gasp—a picture celebrating another star. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Anne Hathaway Is Nobody's Punching Bag," 8 Jan. 2019 The stacks look like small shrines to mountain solitude, carefully balanced at the edge of a precipice. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Kevin Hart tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars," 8 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of shrine


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shrine


Middle English, from Old English scrīn, from Latin scrinium case, chest

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The first known use of shrine was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of shrine

: a place connected with a holy person or event where people go to worship
: a place that people visit because it is connected with someone or something that is important to them


\ ˈshrīn How to pronounce shrine (audio) \

Kids Definition of shrine

1 : a case or box for sacred relics (as the bones of saints)
2 : a place where people go to worship because of its connection to a holy person or event
3 : a place that is considered sacred or regarded with great respect The Lincoln Memorial is a shrine to all lovers of freedom.

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