Definition of shrine
1a : a case, box, or receptacle; especially : one in which sacred relics (such as the bones of a saint) are depositedb : a place in which devotion is paid to a saint or deity : sanctuaryc : 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
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.
Recent Examples of shrine from the Web
Between them, IS and the coalition have destroyed too many shrines and mosques to leave much of historic value, including the al-Nuri mosque dating back to Crusader times from where Mr Baghdadi proclaimed himself caliph.
Christ Chapel was rededicated as a nondenominational historic shrine in 1964.
The league’s hall of fame—tucked away in the basement of the same building as the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum—is a shrine to such legends as Mo Vaughn and Frank Thomas, Jason Varitek and Nomar Garciaparra.
There's even an annual festival in Kawasaki showcasing penis shrines.
Thursday’s attack marks the third affront to a Shia mosque in Kabul since October, when gunmen killed at least 14 people in a Shia shrine.
Tasnim said four pilgrims visiting the mausoleum were injured and a worker at the shrine was killed.
So venerated was the shrine that the Japanese believed everyone should visit once in their lifetime.
Home to a giant complex of Shinto shrines, an ancient tradition of amulet-wearing female divers, and delicious spiny lobsters served in every form—including soft serve.
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Origin and Etymology of shrine
Middle English, from Old English scrīn, from Latin scrinium case, chest
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of shrine
First Known Use of shrine
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Definition of shrine for English Language Learners
: 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
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Definition of shrine for Students
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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