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

Definition of shrine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)

Synonyms for shrine

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of shrine in a Sentence

Noun 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During the series, Alves visits Cafu at home, which is a shrine to the legendary player’s various trophies, the centerpiece of which is an exact replica of the World Cup. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 9 May 2022 Calm down Madonna fans, this is a shrine to the Virgin Mary, not your pop priestess. Globe Staff,, 6 May 2022 Against a wall to one side, there is a small shrine to Flynt, the pornographer and First Amendment warrior who was paralyzed by a would-be assassin’s bullet and later portrayed in a movie by Woody Harrelson. Sam Lipsyte, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 In contrast to my former bedroom, my youngest brother’s room is a shrine, brimming with books, sheet music, and dusty childhood keepsakes, his bulletin board plastered with musical accolades. Longreads, 20 Apr. 2022 But just days before California voters decide whether to push Democrat Gavin Newsom from office, the trailer off Golden Chain Highway was mostly a shrine to former President Trump. Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2021 Consider Gormican’s shrine to Cage (a self-referential version of the shine that Javi has built) as an illustration of the way mass-media entertainment can keep audiences in a mindless state. Armond White, National Review, 22 Apr. 2022 An earlier teaser showed a fictional stalker of Rogen's,who had created an entire creepy shrine to his favorite actor with images, newspaper clippings, and candles. Dave Quinn,, 27 Jan. 2022 Kasuga Taisha shrine even sells anti-coronavirus ema decorated by cartoon characters. Ronan O’connell, Travel, 31 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The star quarterback and safety reminisced about their relationship and entering the Canton, Ohio, shrine together hours after the latest group of inductees was revealed. Barry Wilner, ajc, 7 Feb. 2021 The star quarterback and safety reminisced about their relationship and entering the Canton, Ohio, shrine together hours after the latest group of inductees was revealed. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, 7 Feb. 2021 Thousands of pilgrims on their way to shrine or lodged at the base camps in Pahalgam and Sonamarg were asked to return. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, 4 Aug. 2019 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Shrine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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\ 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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