\ 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 With the move, Austrian authorities hope to send a clear message to supporters of far-right extremism that the three-story building in downtown Braunau am Inn, near Austria’s border with Germany, will not be a shrine to Hitler., "BERLIN — After years of wrangling over the future of the yellow house in Austria where Adolf Hitler was born, authorities have decided to turn the building into a police station, to make it less of a magnet for neo-Nazis.," 21 Nov. 2019 Every room, and that goes for the loo, is a shrine to the King. Daily Pilot, "It’s now or never: Yorba Linda seniors will tie the knot at the 20th annual Elvis Festival," 16 Aug. 2019 His company is a shrine to design and manufacturing. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Concours d’Elegance founder, classic car guru Don Sommer dies at 86," 19 July 2019 Lindsey Horan — Childhood bedroom is a shrine to Lionel Messi, her favorite player. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Women's World Cup: Hello Kitty, surfing and Japanese game shows. Getting to know the USWNT," 31 May 2019 Ajayi said Wembley is a shrine, like Madison Square Garden or the old Boston Garden. Les Bowen,, "London Calling for the Eagles, and especially for Jay Ajayi," 11 Jan. 2018 Millions of Japanese people will visit shrines and temples across the country during the first three days of the new year to pray for the well-being of their families. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Ringing in a New Decade: See How New Year's 2020 Is Celebrated All Over the World," 31 Dec. 2019 It’s been remodeled, torn down to the studs and Tom’s room was converted to a guest bedroom, not a shrine., "Brady neatly inscribed the ball: “To Dad, A huge win!! . . . This ball is for my idol, Love, your son”," 24 Dec. 2019 Authorities have gradually eased restrictions on gatherings at mosques, shrines and religious festivals in Kashmir. Washington Post, "Prayer at Kashmir’s biggest mosque for 1st time in 4 months," 18 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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17 Jan 2020

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“Shrine.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce shrine (audio)

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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