\ 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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Maddon’s jaunt was shown on the stadium video board — the only state-of-art feature in this quaint youth shrine. Mark Gonzales,, "Column: Little League Baseball resonates with fans — and players — of all ages and all backgrounds," 18 Aug. 2019 In the evening, Hamahang’s performance is broadcast on TV while the rest of Kharabatis prepare for another qawwali night in the shrine at the end of the street. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 The gradual approach, as in a Shinto shrine, is a way to leave one world behind and prepare for another. Pico Iyer, WSJ, "Why Japan’s Art-Filled Archipelago Is Not to Be Missed," 24 Apr. 2018 An 8-year-old Muslim girl was locked in a Hindu shrine, drugged, gang-raped for several days and bludgeoned to death with a stone. Shashank Bengali,, "Why India's rape crisis is getting worse under Narendra Modi," 21 Apr. 2018 Although Rinpoche became controversial because of his pursuit of worldly pleasures, his shrine was completed in 2001 with a giant gilded Buddha inside. Tom Noel, The Know, "9 odd places that you should include on a Colorado road trip, from a giant hot dog to fake cliff dwellings," 25 Aug. 2019 Militants attack pilgrims on their way to the revered Hindu shrine of Amarnath. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A timeline of key events that shaped the unique identity of Kashmir within India," 5 Aug. 2019 The same team is behind the new Trunk House, a mid-century former geisha house in Tokyo’s Kagurazaka neighborhood (dubbed Little Kyoto for its ancient shrines, temples, and parks) that's been turned into a small hotel set to open this August. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Hottest New Hotel Openings of Summer 2019," 9 July 2019 There were also acrobats, poetry readings and a blessing of the animals at the national shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi on Vallejo Street. Nanette Asimov,, "North Beach Festival a window into soul of San Francisco," 16 June 2019

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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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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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