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shrine

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noun \ˈshrīn, especially Southern ˈsrīn\

Definition of shrine

  1. 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. 2 :  a receptacle (such as a tomb) for the dead

  3. 3 :  a place or object hallowed by its associations

Examples of shrine in a Sentence

  1. the shrine of Saint Mary

  2. They erected a shrine to the saint.

  3. tourists visiting the shrines of American independence

  4. The writer's house has become a shrine to his fans.

Recent Examples of shrine from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of shrine

Middle English, from Old English scrīn, from Latin scrinium case, chest

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms


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shrine

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Definition of shrine

shrined

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shrining

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  enshrine

First Known Use of shrine

14th century


SHRINE Defined for English Language Learners

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


SHRINE Defined for Kids

shrine

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noun \ˈshrīn\

Definition of shrine for Students

  1. 1 :  a case or box for sacred relics (as the bones of saints)

  2. 2 :  a place where people go to worship because of its connection to a holy person or event

  3. 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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