\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Other guest bedrooms are left dark and empty, a shrine to the guest who shows up once or twice a year. Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "10 tips to enhance a guest room," 18 Dec. 2020 In Richmond, a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee has been turned into a shrine for the times. John Mcdonnell, Washington Post, "What will future generations see when they look at images of 2020? Nine photographers capture a pandemic, an uprising and a country divided.," 1 Dec. 2020 The Class of 2021 will be inducted at the baseball shrine in Cooperstown, New York, on July 25, along with the Class of 2020. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Tim Hudson appears on Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for first time," 17 Nov. 2020 Posters of the general and al-Muhandis adorned both sides of the road leading to the airport and the scene of the bombing was turned into a shrine-like area sealed off by red ropes. NBC News, "U.S., Iran tensions simmer as thousands protest Soleimani's killing in Iraq," 3 Jan. 2021 If the post-Teotihuacan population had a similar makeup, finding more than two-thirds migrants at the shrine suggests outsiders were targeted for sacrifice. Bridget Alex, Science | AAAS, "Shrine of decapitated heads suggests violence against foreigners in ancient Mexico," 17 Dec. 2020 For more than a century, Monument Avenue served as a shrine-like setting for Confederate luminaries, most prominently General Lee. History & Culture, "Here’s what might replace America’s disappearing Confederate monuments," 14 Dec. 2020 From there, the route follows steep ridgelines and leads past an ancient stone shrine, festooned with bronze bells and tridents and containing a statue of the elephant deity Ganesha. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "The Skeletons at the Lake," 7 Dec. 2020 Takemikazuchi thus became one of the deities enshrined at Nara’s Kasuga shrine, found in Nara Park. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Livestream a French Horn Player Summon Hundreds of Deer in Japan During This Magical Event," 29 Nov. 2020 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, "Manning and Lynch join together for a 3rd career highlight," 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, "Manning and Lynch join together for a 3rd career highlight," 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, "Kashmir descends into a witch’s brew of fear and suspense," 4 Aug. 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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The first known use of shrine was before the 12th century

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26 Feb 2021

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“Shrine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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