Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A receptacle to hold the relics of saints; a reliquary.
  • n. An area of a church in which reliquaries are kept.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a receptacle that houses relics of saints
  • n. an area of a church where relics are kept

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A portable bier or shrine, variously adorned, used for containing relics of saints.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shrine or bier containing the relics of saints, adapted to be borne in religions processions.
  • n. The place in a church where such a shrine is set.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fertre, from Latin feretrum, from Greek pheretron, from pherein, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fertre, from Latin feretrum, from Ancient Greek φέρετρον (pheretron), from the verb φέρω (phero, "I carry"). (Wiktionary)

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  • A portable or stationary shrine, often made of or adorned with costly materials, in which were deposited the remains or relics of saints; a tomb.

    February 9, 2008