\ 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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From warm mineral-spring baths to the shrine at Lourdes, immersion in water has long been associated with healing powers. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The Health Benefits of Aquatic Therapy," 21 Apr. 2019 Later Monday, Francis was greeting elderly Latvians at the Catholic cathedral in Riga before heading to the Catholic shrine at Aglona, near Latvia's eastern border with Russia, that is a draw for the faithful across the region. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope praises Latvia's Christian roots in enduring occupation," 24 Sep. 2018 Image In a shrine on the sixth floor of a Manhattan office building, a photo of a man in golden robes hangs above an altar. Andy Newman, New York Times, "The ‘King’ of Shambhala Buddhism Is Undone by Abuse Report," 11 July 2018 Officials have now given Vincent’s family a location for a shrine 400 yards from Osborn-Brooks’ home, according to The Sun. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "Furor erupts in London over shrine to fatally stabbed burglar," 16 Apr. 2018 This is the sketch of plans for a 'shrine of skulls' drawn by a serial killer who killed - and in some cases ate - 17 men and boys. Fox News, "Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's sketch showed plans for 'shrine of skulls'," 10 Sep. 2018 Peter accepts the shrine by the front door and her need to spend all day on the phone, talking to her moms. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019 Work on Mauna Kea identified many shrines and features that are of cultural and/or religious significance. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Hawaiian Supreme Court gives go-ahead to giant telescope," 1 Nov. 2018 Within a week of adopting Redford, my front porch (and life) had become a makeshift shrine to Chewy. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "This $16 Pouch Is Like a Diaper Bag for Dog Moms," 15 Mar. 2019

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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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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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